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

2. How old is Audre when she has her first lesbian sexual experience?

3. What is the name of the elderly woman Audre meets in Mexico?

4. What does Audre say her flirtations must be as a part of the New York lesbian scene?

5. Whom does Audre spend too much time with that leads to her failing subjects in college?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the nature of the piece of writing of Muriel's that Audre finds in Chapter 28?

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

3. What causes Audre to drop out of college?

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

5. How is the New York lesbian scene described in Chapter 29?

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

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

8. How is Audre's first time making love with Ginger described in the book?

9. How is Audre's work as an X-ray technician described in the book?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the portrayal of community in the book. What importance does the author place on being a part of a community, namely one where there is a sense of belonging, based on the portrayals of The Branded and the Sistah Outsiders?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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