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

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

4. Based on your understanding of the two Prefaces, who does the author wish to reach with her work?

5. According to the author, in Chapter 1, "Black Women - Shaping Feminist Theory," what were black feminists initially trying to do in the feminist movement?

Short Essay Questions

1. In Chapter Eleven, why does the author disagree with early feminist concepts of sexual liberty?

2. What is the author's approach to discussing feminism in Chapter Two, "Feminism - A Movement to End Sexist Oppression;" i.e. how does she structure the chapter?

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

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

5. Which two kinds of power does the author discuss in Chapter Six, "Changing Perspectives on Power"?

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

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

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

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

10. In the Preface to the Second Edition (January 2000) entitled "Seeing the Light: Visionary Feminism," what does the author have to say about her specific approach to feminism and the reactions it created?

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 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 3

Essay on Ch. 10: Motherhood.

In Ch. 10, the author discusses views on motherhood, both feminist and traditional.

1) Describe traditional beliefs about motherhood mentioned by the author.

2) Next, describe and discuss early feminist reactions to motherhood.

3) Do early feminist beliefs and reactions concerning motherhood challenge and change, or simply reject traditional beliefs?

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