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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. In the Preface to the second edition (2000), how does the author characterize the later reception of her work?

2. What is the primary "point of contact" between the oppressor and the oppressed?

3. Why does the author believe that it is important to define feminism from within the movement?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. How does war relate to the authors discussion of violence and women?

2. Do early feminists beliefs about violence support traditional patriarchal concepts of gender?

3. Compare the Preface to the second edition with Ch. 12: What similarities do you see regarding the author's vision for the future of the feminist movement? List two to three examples.

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

5. In Chapter Twelve, "Feminist Revolution: Development through Struggle," does the author see effectiveness in early feminist attitudes towards change?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Essay on Ch. 9: The nature of violence against women.

One of the author's critiques of mainstream feminism is that it was sometimes unable to focus on transforming traditional views on gender, but instead reacted against them. For example, in her discussion of sisterhood in Ch.4, the author notes how early feminists built a notion of sisterhood around a shared sense of victimization. This view did not necessarily rethink the patriarchal dichotomy of victim and aggressor. In Ch. 9, the author notes something similar when she analyzes early feminist views on the nature of violence against women.

1) Discuss what the author means when she says that the practice of violence against women is a manifestation and perpetuation of traditional patriarchal thought, i.e. views on gender. What qualities do men and women possess according to this view. Does this view appear to make violence against women seem normal?

2) How did early feminists perceive the problem of violence against women, and what is the author's critique of their view?

3) Is violence limited to men, in the author's view? Whose problem is violence and how must the phenomenon be addressed in our society?

Essay Topic 3

Essay on Ch. 9: Violence and the media.

Fighting violence against women has been one of the mainstays of the feminist movement since it's inception. One of the forms this has taken more recently, has been to address the problem through looking at media images that display violence against women.

1) The author claims that men and women are desensitized to violence. What are the repercussions of this phenomenon and how does she explain it?

2) In what ways does the media make violence against women seem normal? for example, by makig it sexually appealing, or associating it with love, etc.

3) Discuss several examples from film and other media, such as fashion magazines or video games, in which you have noticed images of violence against women. Analyze your examples.

4) Have you seen signs in the media that violence against women is discouraged? Discuss your examples.

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