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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 must be learned in order for the feminist movement to be successful?

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

3. How does the author view women's desires and attempts to be like white men?

4. In the first chapter, how does the author characterize the perspective of the women involved in the early feminist movement?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Is true sisterhood, i.e. solidarity in the struggle to achieve feminist goals, supported by society, according to the author?

4. 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?

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

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

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

8. In the 2000 Preface is the author's attitude towards change in the feminist movement positive or negative, and what examples does she give?

9. Describe the early feminist view on parenting stated in Chapter Ten, "Revolutionary Parenting."

10. Why is educating women a "feminist agenda," as the title to Chapter Eight suggests?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Essay on Ch. 6: Traditional and alternative models of power.

In Ch. 6 the author elaborates on traditional and alternative models of power and their relationship to women and the feminist movement. Discuss the central points of her analysis.

1) First, provide a brief definition of traditional and alternative models of power.

2) Next, discuss how and why early feminists understood and reacted to power.

3) Follow with a discussion of the author's observation about these feminists' ambivalent relationship to male-defined models of power.

4) Finally discuss how and why the author sees women of color and working class white women as examples of alternative models of power.

5) How do you view her assessment?

Essay Topic 2

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?

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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