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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 potential effect can feminism have on the family, in the author's view?

2. For the author, what is a better way to arrive at a definition of sisterhood?

3. Who has portrayed the relationship between feminism and the family in this way? (See question # 61)

4. In Chapter Four, what does the author give as the broad definition of "sisterhood" from the early feminist movement?

5. In the Preface to the first edition (1984), what general theme does the author present?

Short Essay Questions

1. What significant effect can feminism have on the family?

2. Describe the author's personal experiences with feminists from the same background as Friedan. How did they initially respond to her attempts to contribute to the conversation around feminist theory?

3. How does the title of Chapter One, "Black Women - Shaping Feminist Theory," relate to the content of the chapter?

4. Does the author still believe in her work?

5. In the author's view, are feminists ambivalent about power?

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

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

8. What is unique about black women's perspectives?

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

10. In Chapter Three, "The Significance of the Feminist Movement" how does the author describe her understanding of feminism and the family?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Essay on Ch. 1: The mainstream feminist movement.

In Ch. 1, the author goes into great detail regarding the weaknesses of the mainstream feminist movement.

1) Discuss the role of race and class in the author's critique. Why and how is mainstream feminist theory classist and racist? Provide specific examples from the text.

2) In the second part of your paper, discuss why and how less privileged women's perspectives can alter (and have altered) feminist theory.

3) What is specific to less privileged women's vision and perspectives that more privileged feminists have overlooked?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Essay on Ch. 6: Consumerism.

Analyze how resisting consumerism is, in the author's view, a positive manifestation of women's alternative uses of power. Please include quotations from the book to support your argument.

1) Begin by defining consumerism.

2) What kind of system does consumerism support, according to the author?

3) How does the author advise women to deal with consumerism? What strategies of resistance can they use?

4) Following the author's analysis, how is resisting consumerism a positive manifestation of women's alternative use of power?

5) Do you feel that consumerism distracts us from more important things? Why or why not?

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