Zami, a New Spelling of My Name Test | Final Test - Hard

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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 is the name of the woman who Ginger begins spending time with in Chapter 19?

2. What does Audre give to a man who tries to rape her in Chapter 23?

3. What kind of friends does Audre say told her that her blackness made her partly invisible?

4. Where does Audre develop a dream of moving to in Chapter 20?

5. What is the relationship between Ginger and Cora in the book?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is Audre's relationship with Bea described in the book?

2. How does Audre react to her new scenery after moving to Mexico?

3. How does Audre describe Stamford, Connecticut when she first moves there?

4. How is Audre's mental state described after she moves to Stamford?

5. Why does Audre express frustration regarding white feminists in Chapter 23?

6. How is Audre's peak in her lesbianism described after she drops out of college?

7. What causes Audre to drop out of college?

8. How is Audre's relationship with Muriel first described in the book?

9. How is Audre's near-rape described in Chapter 23?

10. How is Muriel's affair with Toni described in the book?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

The author makes an interesting choice in the book by highlighting many true historical events throughout the text and offers her own opinions and reactions to them.

1) Why does the author often combine her own personal experiences alongside historical events such as Pearl Harbor?

2) What can we learn about the importance that political freedom has for the author based on her portrayal of McCarthyism in the book?

3) What can we learn about Audre's political and social beliefs based on her support of the Rosenbergs while they are on trial, especially given the ways she is able to identify with them?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the nature of the book's title as well as the portrayal of the Carriacou culture overall. What importance did the search for Zami have in Audre's life, did she try to create this act on her own after being unable to find it organically?

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