Mid-Book Test - Hard
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This quiz consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. How does the author describe Betty Friedan in Chapter 1?
2. How does the author view women's desires and attempts to be like white men?
3. In the Preface to the second edition (2000), how does the author describe the original reception of her book?
4. What belief about men did early feminists act out, according to the author.
5. Who has portrayed the relationship between feminism and the family in this way? (See question # 61)
Short Essay Questions
1. Do early feminists beliefs about violence support traditional patriarchal concepts of gender?
2. What differences and similarities does the author see between black men and white men?
3. In the author's view, is idealism enough to enact needed changes?
4. Which two kinds of power does the author discuss in Chapter Six, "Changing Perspectives on Power"?
5. Who harbors sexist attitudes and what can be done about it?
6. What does the author say about feminist writer Betty Friedan's book The Feminine Mystique?
7. Why is educating women a "feminist agenda," as the title to Chapter Eight suggests?
8. Does the author offer any ideas about how to create sisterhood?
9. What reasons does the author give for people finding themselves at the center of society?
10. Describe the early feminist view on parenting stated in Chapter Ten, "Revolutionary Parenting."
Essay on Ch. 9: Women and war.
In Ch. 9 the author discusses the nature of violence against women and the phenomenon of violence in general. She uses war as an example of how women, too, demonstrate a capacity for violence. In your essay, think about the connection between traditional beliefs about gender and the author's analysis of women and war. Use quotations by the author to support your argument where necessary.
1) Discuss the author's position on how war is an example of women's capacity for violence.
- How do women support war?
- Does women's support for war, and their encouragement of male family members to go to war, seem to come from and reinforce traditional beliefs about men's and women's natures (e.g. aggressive, nurturing, etc.), whether innate or culturally learned?
2) Is condoning war the same as condoning violence? What can you gather about the author's views on war? Following the author's thinking, is war an example of using violence as a form of social control?
3) Does encouraging women (and gay men) to participate in the military and in war promote social equality?
4) If violence is a manifestation of hierarchy and power, what do women have to gain or lose from participating in war?
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.
Essay on Ch. 2, 3, and 10: Parenting.
Compare the author's discussion of the family in Ch. 2 and 3 with her discussion on revolutionary parenting in Ch. 10.
1) What is the author's thesis?
2) How can the family as a unit reproduce patriarchal ideas? E.g., how does sexism affect the family structure?
3) What role does feminism play in redefining family?
4) How can the idea of the family be reformulated so as to transform traditional models and ideas about motherhood?
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