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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 were black women mostly encouraged to talk about in the early days of the feminist movement.

2. In Chapter 1, what key term does the author use to talk about the "racial politic" in the U.S.?

3. In the Preface to the first edition (1984), which two key terms in her analysis does the author introduce?

4. What is the author's contention about the feelings that defined sisterhood?

5. What question does the author raise about the desire for equality with men?

Short Essay Questions

1. In the 2000 Preface is the author's attitude towards change in the feminist movement positive or negative, and what examples does she give?

2. Describe the early feminist view on parenting stated in Chapter Ten, "Revolutionary Parenting."

3. Does the author see feminism as aligned with other struggles, and if so why?

4. Is the lack of solidarity mainly an issue between black women and white women?

5. How does the author discuss feminists views on housework?

6. In Chapter Four, does the author agree with early feminist definitions of sisterhood?

7. In Chapter Seven, "Rethinking the Nature of Work," why does the author take issue with early feminist attitudes toward work?

8. What reasons does the author give for people finding themselves at the center of society?

9. Does the author encourage a particular attitude towards manifesting change?

10. From the author's perspective, is theory related to experience in her discussion in Chapter One?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Essay on Ch. 2 and 10: Ideas about the family.

Looking at Ch. 2 and Ch. 10 compare and contrast early and/or mainstream feminist ideas about the family with those of less privileged women.

- Did women of color and lower class women agree with mainstream feminist views on the family? What was their reaction?

- How does the author describe the relationship to family experience by many women of color, especially in relation to the broader society in which they live?

Essay Topic 2

Essay on Ch. 5: Men and feminism.

In Ch. 5, the author looks at the relationship between men and the feminist movement.

1) Describe and discuss early feminist views of men as "the enemy."

2) What is the author's critique of this early view? How do race and class figure into her argument?

3) The author also makes the potentially controversial statement that "all men support and perpetuate sexism and sexist oppression in one form or another...."

What does she mean by this statement? Do you think that it is in conflict with her call to see men as comrades in the feminist struggle? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Essay on Ch. 2, 3, and 10: Parenting.

Compare the author's discussion of the family in Ch. 2 and 3 with her discussion on revolutionary parenting in Ch. 10.

1) What is the author's thesis?

2) How can the family as a unit reproduce patriarchal ideas? E.g., how does sexism affect the family structure?

3) What role does feminism play in redefining family?

4) How can the idea of the family be reformulated so as to transform traditional models and ideas about motherhood?

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