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 first friend Audre makes in Mexico?

2. What does Audre discuss the rise of in Chapter 17?

3. What does Audre burn her hand on after her relationship with Muriel begins falling apart?

4. Where does Audre find a job as an x-ray machine operator?

5. How does Audre feel after hearing Muriel and her old friend making love one night?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. What happens to Muriel to cause her split with Audre in the book?

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

9. How is Audre's involvement in the Committee to Free the Rosenbergs described?

10. How is Audre's relationship with Eudora first described in the book?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

Compare and contrast Audre's reaction to sex with men versus women. What impact might Audre's being raped and molested several times has had on her views towards men? What other factors are present to explain her preference of women in a sexual sense?

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