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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What country are the Rosenbergs accused of spying for?
2. What is the name of the city Audre lives in while in Mexico?
3. What type of laws does Audre mention as being the reason she could find work in Stamford?
4. What kind of friends does Audre say told her that her blackness made her partly invisible?
5. What pressure does Audre accredit for why her relationship with Ginger couldn't last?
Short Essay Questions
1. How is Audre's mental state described after she moves to Stamford?
2. How is Audre's relationship with Bea described in the book?
3. How is the Interlude: The Last of My Childhood Nightmares described in the book?
4. How is the city of Cuernavaca described in the book when Audre moves there?
5. What causes Audre to drop out of college?
6. How is Audre's near-rape described in Chapter 23?
7. How does Audre describe her job at the New York Public Library?
8. How does Audre describe her treatment in society as a black woman in comparison with her white lesbian friends?
9. How is Audre's work as an X-ray technician described in the book?
10. How are the "closed-shop" laws described in the book?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Discuss the portrayal of education in the book and the impact it had on Audre's life. How did Audre's views towards education evolve throughout the book and what outside influences were responsible for this path?
Essay Topic 2
The novel's genre offers many points of discussion with both its autobiographical and mythological material.
1) What aspects of the book appear to be purely autobiographical regarding the author's life?
2) What reasons would the author have for using mythological facts within the book alongside her personal accounts, does this help fill in gaps in the text?
3) How is the inclusion of both autobiographical and mythological methods in the book able to create a more well rounded portrayal of the author's life journey?
Essay Topic 3
Examine the concept of alienation that is portrayed in the book. What impact does Audre's alienation from much of her surroundings have on the way she views the world? Does she appear to have overcome her alienation, at least to some degree, by the end of the book?
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