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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. For the author, what is the relationship between traditional beliefs about the family and society at large?

2. In Chapter 2, what are the author's thoughts on a universally accepted definition of feminism?

3. What assertion does the author make (once again) about who benefits from the current feminist movement?

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

5. In the Preface to the second edition (2000), how does the author describe the original reception of her book?

Short Essay Questions

1. In the Preface to the First Edition (1984), what reasons does the author give for people finding themselves on the margins of society?

2. What are the universal definitions of feminism that the author disagrees with? List several.

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

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

5. 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?

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

7. Describe the author's views of how modern western cultures deal with the process of change.

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

9. What is the author's view of feminism as a social movement in the Preface to the First Edition (1984)? What kind of movement does it need to be and why?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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