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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. How does the author view women's desires and attempts to be like white men?

2. What name did early feminists use to describe radical, or revolutionary, feminists?

3. What did she notice about white female students at the time?

4. The phrase "suffering cannot be measured and compared quantitatively" comes from which of the following authors?

5. When and where did the author enroll in her first women's studies class?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

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

4. How does the title of Chapter One, "Black Women - Shaping Feminist Theory," relate to the content of the chapter?

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

6. In Chapter Seven, "Rethinking the Nature of Work," why does the author take issue with early feminist attitudes toward work?

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

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

9. In the 2000 Preface is the author's attitude towards change in the feminist movement positive or negative, and what examples does she give?

10. In the author's view, are feminists ambivalent about power?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Essay on Ch. 10: Motherhood.

In Ch. 10, the author discusses views on motherhood, both feminist and traditional.

1) Describe traditional beliefs about motherhood mentioned by the author.

2) Next, describe and discuss early feminist reactions to motherhood.

3) Do early feminist beliefs and reactions concerning motherhood challenge and change, or simply reject traditional beliefs?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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