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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, which two main terms had been left out of feminist discussions when she first published her book?

2. In Chapter 1, what key term does the author use to talk about the "racial politic" in the U.S.?

3. In Chapter 1, the author states that feminist theory and the feminist movement were originally shaped by which type of people?

4. What do feminists need to consider when examining their beliefs about men?

5. What is the social and racial dynamic described by the author at the beginning of the Preface to the first edition of the book?

Short Essay Questions

1. List several other critiques of violence that the author offers.

2. Does the author offer her own definition of feminism in Chapter Two, and if so, what is it?

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

4. What reasons does the author give for people finding themselves at the center of society?

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

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. Does the author still believe in her work?

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

9. Who harbors sexist attitudes and what can be done about it?

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. 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 2

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 3

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?

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