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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 comes to live with Audre and Muriel?
2. What does Audre give to a man who tries to rape her in Chapter 23?
3. What is Eudora's nickname in the book?
4. Whom does Audre describe as being a beautiful writer?
5. What is the name of the woman Audre begins an affair with in Chapter 24?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does Audre react to her new scenery after moving to Mexico?
2. What political advancements lead to Audre moving back to the U.S. from Mexico?
3. What is the nature of the piece of writing of Muriel's that Audre finds in Chapter 28?
4. How is Audre's mental state described after she moves to Stamford?
5. What causes Audre to drop out of college?
6. How is the New York lesbian scene described in Chapter 29?
7. How are the "closed-shop" laws described in the book?
8. How is Audre's relationship with Muriel first described in the book?
9. How does Audre describe her job at the New York Public Library?
10. What happens to Muriel to cause her split with Audre in the book?
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
Compare and contrast Audre's first lesbian relationship with Gennie to her most serious lesbian relationship with Muriel. What can we learn about the evolution of Audre's sexuality based on the comparison of her relationship with these two women?
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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