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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 is the awareness about sexual oppression that the author advocates?

2. The author opens the Preface to the first edition of the book with a description of which group and its experiences in life?

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

4. What does the author say about the statement: "I am a feminist"?

5. What change to the language expressing involvement in feminism does the author advocate?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. The title of Chapter Seven, "Rethinking the Nature of Work," suggests that ideas about work must change; what changes does the author propose?

5. From the author's perspective, is theory related to experience in her discussion in Chapter One?

6. What is problematic for the author regarding early feminist views of parenting and motherhood, and what can be changed?

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

8. 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?

9. What can alternative models of power accomplish, according to the author?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Essay on Ch. 8: Women and education.

Provide an overview of the author's discussion of the role of literacy in relationship to feminism. Analyze her recommendation that women of color should seek to further their education and intellectual development in order to participate more in feminist theory and the feminist movement.

1) The author promotes literacy as a solution to the problem of many women-especially women of color- being excluded from the feminist movement. How does promoting literacy address the problem of exclusion? What other things does literacy accomplish (e.g. furthering feminism's goals, dispelling stereotypes, etc.).

2) Does promoting literacy address the problem of feminist writing being too academic and intellectual, and therefore inaccessible? What is the author's recommendation for dealing with this problem? Is this a realistic solution in your view?

3) Are there other solutions that the author does not suggest? For example, are there ways to dispel stereotypes, promote feminist goals, and educate women about feminist issues that do not include promoting higher educating and intellectual development. In your view, how can women who do not wish to become intellectuals participate in the feminist movement?

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. 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?

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