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. How does Audre feel in her old home after leaving Stamford to visit her father?

2. What state is the city of Stamford in that Audre moves to in the book?

3. What does the woman who lives with Audre and Muriel do before leaving their home?

4. What kind of treatments does Muriel blame for stealing a part of her?

5. What does Audre say that black females faced every day that white lesbians did not?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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 are the "closed-shop" laws described in the book?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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