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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 first edition (1984), which two key terms in her analysis does the author introduce?

2. How does the author propose to prioritize the struggles against various forms of prejudice?

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

4. In the Preface to the second edition, what is the first factor considered by black parents when a child is born, according to the author?

5. According to the author, challenges to to sisterhood can exist between white women and women of color; between which other groups does she say that they can exist?

Short Essay Questions

1. Does the author still believe in her work?

2. Are sexual liberty and "ending sexual oppression" the same thing for the author?

3. What was the experience of many non-white and lower class women working outside the home?

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

5. Describe the kind of power that the author sees in communities of economically disadvantaged women.

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

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

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

10. Describe the particular perspective that the author offers throughout her work. What position does she claim to write from and why?

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. 2: Definition of feminism.

In Ch. 2, the author advocates ending sexist oppression as a better definition of feminism.

1) How does the author define sexist oppression and how does ending sexist oppression differ from previous definitions?

2) What social institutions (e.g. the family) will potentially be changed by this new definition of feminism?

3) Does the author advocate a more comprehensive approach to fighting all forms oppression in general? How?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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