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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. Based on your understanding of the two Prefaces, who does the author wish to reach with her work?

2. What is the main relationship discussed in Chapter 5?

3. In the Preface to the first edition (1984), what general theme does the author present?

4. What question does the author raise about the desire for equality with men?

5. How does the author describe feminism in the U.S.?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

7. What are the universal definitions of feminism that the author disagrees with? List several.

8. What is the traditional view on motherhood that the author relates in Chapter Ten?

9. Why can total change be a difficult and uncomfortable process, according to the author?

10. Overall, what do Chapters Two and Three develop for the reader with regard to feminism?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

Essay on Ch. 9: Women and war.

In Ch. 9 the author discusses the nature of violence against women and the phenomenon of violence in general. She uses war as an example of how women, too, demonstrate a capacity for violence. In your essay, think about the connection between traditional beliefs about gender and the author's analysis of women and war. Use quotations by the author to support your argument where necessary.

1) Discuss the author's position on how war is an example of women's capacity for violence.

- How do women support war?

- Does women's support for war, and their encouragement of male family members to go to war, seem to come from and reinforce traditional beliefs about men's and women's natures (e.g. aggressive, nurturing, etc.), whether innate or culturally learned?

2) Is condoning war the same as condoning violence? What can you gather about the author's views on war? Following the author's thinking, is war an example of using violence as a form of social control?

3) Does encouraging women (and gay men) to participate in the military and in war promote social equality?

4) If violence is a manifestation of hierarchy and power, what do women have to gain or lose from participating in war?

Essay Topic 3

Essay on Ch. 3: Struggle against oppression.

In Ch. 3 the author argues against prioritizing struggles against different forms of prejudice and oppression.

1) Present some of the arguments by other writers that the author engages with and refutes regarding the prioritization of one struggle over another. What holes does she find in their logic?

2) Next, outline the authors ideas on this subject, paying attention to specific connections she makes in the text. How does the author link all these struggles together?

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