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

2. What was the shared feeling that helped define sisterhood in the early years of the movement, according to the author?

3. How does the author feel about defining feminism as enabling total personal freedom?

4. What is the definition of feminism proposed by the author?

5. How does the author describe Betty Friedan in Chapter 1?

Short Essay Questions

1. Are sexual liberty and "ending sexual oppression" the same thing for the author?

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

3. In the author's view, is idealism enough to enact needed changes?

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

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

6. Why does the author want to change feminist language from "I am a feminist" to "I advocate feminism"?

7. Are there tensions around female heterosexuality within the feminist movement?

8. Describe the particular perspective that the author offers throughout her work. What position does she claim to write from and why?

9. Describe the kind of power that the author sees in communities of economically disadvantaged women.

10. What is problematic for the author regarding early feminist views of parenting and motherhood, and what can be changed?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Essay on the two Prefaces, Ch. 12, and the book as a unit: Personal review of the book.

In the two Prefaces, the author introduces the notion of revolutionary feminism. She explains what it is and why U.S. feminism has not created revolutionary change. The author reintroduces the term in Ch. 12.

1) Review the homework in which you discussed the term "revolutionary." Has your understanding of the author's definition of revolutionary feminism expanded after reading the book? How?

2) Do you feel that the book itself is revolutionary?

3) Do you see any areas of the book that seem contradictory?

4) Does the book ultimately achieve its objective of being accessible to everyone?

5) Does society still need books such as this one to provide a "guiding light" for social change?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Essay on Ch. 4: Sisterhood.

The concept of sisterhood is discussed at length in Ch. 4. In this assignment you will explore the complexity of the term based on your reading.

1) Is sisterhood something that exists automatically between women based on their gender? Why or why not.

2) When and how is sisterhood challenged?

3) Why does the author choose to base sisterhood on solidarity in the face of all forms of oppression, and in your opinion does this definition work?

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