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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 the author describe feminism in the U.S.?

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

3. In the author's view, what three things most determine a woman's destiny?

4. Overall, what does the author think about the effects of the feminist movement?

5. What must happen in order for women to create true sisterhood?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Is the author clear about her position on women who define feminism as seeking equality with men?

3. Is there a note of caution in the author's tone regarding the extent to which the system of power has actually changed? Where?

4. How does the author feel about including men in the feminist movement?

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

6. What can alternative models of power accomplish, according to the author?

7. Who harbors sexist attitudes and what can be done about it?

8. In Chapter Eight, "Educating Women - A Feminist Agenda," what does the author encourage black women to do regarding education and academic work?

9. Does the author offer any ideas about how to create sisterhood?

10. What was the experience of many non-white and lower class women working outside the home?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Essay on the two Prefaces: Purpose and reception of author's work.

In the Prefaces to the first and second editions of Feminist Theory From Margin to Center by bell hooks, the author discusses the reasons for her work and how its reception has evolved.

1) Discuss the author's primary reasons for writing the book. Why is a perspective from the margins important? How might a person from the margins see things differently?

2) Next, discuss the book's initial reception and the possible reasons for it.

3) Has the attitude towards analyses of gender, race, and class changed within the feminist movement? Why and how?

Essay Topic 2

Essay on Ch. 7: Women and work.

The author claims that bourgeois feminist's idealization of work alienated many women of color and working class women.

1) How is the early feminist view of work defined by race and class?

2) What were the experiences of many women of color and working class women? What alternatives do they have when the workplace turns out to be a place of discrimination and hierarchy?

3) Do you feel that we live in an equal opportunity society, or are opportunities still affected by a person's gender, race, and class? Provide examples for your argument.

Essay Topic 3

Essay on Ch. 12: The process of feminist-oriented change.

The final chapter of the book looks at the process of feminist-oriented change and what is required to enact that change. This essay will provide an overview of the author's critiques and her prescriptions for revolutionary feminist change.

1) Discuss the author's analysis of early feminist approaches to creating change. In what way do these approaches fall short?

2) Discuss the author's recommendation for enacting change: What kind of social analysis does the author call for? What kind of action does she call for?

3) Discuss the author's view of the process of change: What attitude is called for? Why is the process of change difficult for Americans in particular?

4) Do you believe that the change the author calls for is possible?

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