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 Audre's old friend she runs into and whom Muriel likes?

2. How does Audre describe her state of mind after her first lesbian sexual experience?

3. Which of the following descriptions is not given of Audre's work performance in Chapter 19?

4. What is the program that Muriel enlists in a hospital meant to help cure?

5. What is the name of the city Audre lives in while in Mexico?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is the Interlude: The Last of My Childhood Nightmares described in the book?

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

3. What does Audre do after finding out her father had a stroke?

4. How does Audre describe her job at the New York Public Library?

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

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

7. How does Audre describe her treatment in society as a black woman in comparison with her white lesbian friends?

8. What political advancements lead to Audre moving back to the U.S. from Mexico?

9. How is the character Eudora first described in the book?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The theme of lesbianism is an important one in the book and helps define the protagonist more clearly.

1) What impact does Audre's poetry writing have on her ability to be open about her lesbianism for the first time, especially considering her relations with The Branded at the time?

2) What is telling of the evolution of Audre's lesbianism based on her relationships with Gennie and Muriel?

3) What role does Audre play in the New York lesbian scene and what does this community mean to her?

Essay Topic 2

Examine the concept of work presented in the book. What opportunities did work present to Audre that she was not finding in school and what life lessons was she able to learn from her work experiences?

Essay Topic 3

The subject of race is one seen on many different levels throughout the author's life.

1) How is Audre's view of race first discovered and what impact does her experiences with segregation as a child appear to have on her views of race later in life?

2) How is race categorized differently in Harlem as opposed to other parts of the U.S. and what traits are present there to make it so unique?

3) What role does Audre's race play in defining her own character and her actions in life?

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