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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 describe the original reception of her book?

2. How were black women's efforts received by white feminists?

3. What did these early feminists forget to take into account in their beliefs about men?

4. In the title of Chapter Five, what term is used to describe men's relationship to the feminist movement.

5. How has the author's own perception of her book held up?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Does the author offer any ideas about how to create sisterhood?

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

4. In the Preface to the First Edition (1984), what reasons does the author give for people finding themselves on the margins of society?

5. Does the author mention different branches of the feminist movement in Chapter Eight, and if so what kind of relationship do they have?

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

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

8. Describe the author's central criticism of feminist theory in Chapter One, "Black Women - Shaping Feminist Theory."

9. Is the lack of solidarity mainly an issue between black women and white women?

10. In Chapter Eight, "Educating Women - A Feminist Agenda," what does the author encourage black women to do regarding education and academic work?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Essay on the two Prefaces: Purpose and reception of author's work.

In the Prefaces to the first and second editions of Feminist Theory From Margin to Center by bell hooks, the author discusses the reasons for her work and how its reception has evolved.

1) Discuss the author's primary reasons for writing the book. Why is a perspective from the margins important? How might a person from the margins see things differently?

2) Next, discuss the book's initial reception and the possible reasons for it.

3) Has the attitude towards analyses of gender, race, and class changed within the feminist movement? Why and how?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Essay on Ch. 5: Men and feminism.

In Ch. 5, the author looks at the relationship between men and the feminist movement.

1) Describe and discuss early feminist views of men as "the enemy."

2) What is the author's critique of this early view? How do race and class figure into her argument?

3) The author also makes the potentially controversial statement that "all men support and perpetuate sexism and sexist oppression in one form or another...."

What does she mean by this statement? Do you think that it is in conflict with her call to see men as comrades in the feminist struggle? Why or why not?

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