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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, which four factors are most central to the author's argument about a person's position in society?

2. In the Preface to the second edition (2000), how does the author describe the original reception of her book?

3. What is the social and racial dynamic described by the author at the beginning of the Preface to the first edition of the book?

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

5. As stated in the 1984 Preface, what is the primary weakness of feminist theory that the author promises to address in her book?

Short Essay Questions

1. In Chapter Eleven, why does the author disagree with early feminist concepts of sexual liberty?

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

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

4. In chapter Nine, "Feminist Movement to End Violence," how does the author describe the patriarchal perspective on gender.

5. Describe the early feminist view on parenting stated in Chapter Ten, "Revolutionary Parenting."

6. 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?

7. What reasons does the author give for people finding themselves at the center of society?

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

9. Who harbors sexist attitudes and what can be done about it?

10. Do early feminists beliefs about violence support traditional patriarchal concepts of gender?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Essay on Ch. 11: Sexual liberation.

Sexual liberation comes across as problematic in Ch. 11.

1) Why is the (male-defined) idea of sexual liberation problematic for the author?

2) Does it seem like our contemporary society promotes sexual liberation? Give examples of why or why not.

3) In your opinion, does the author's promotion of freedom from conforming to one model, and tolerance towards all sexualities, go far enough in addressing, or redefining the male-defined models of sexual liberation?

Essay Topic 3

Essay on Ch. 12: The process of feminist-oriented change.

The final chapter of the book looks at the process of feminist-oriented change and what is required to enact that change. This essay will provide an overview of the author's critiques and her prescriptions for revolutionary feminist change.

1) Discuss the author's analysis of early feminist approaches to creating change. In what way do these approaches fall short?

2) Discuss the author's recommendation for enacting change: What kind of social analysis does the author call for? What kind of action does she call for?

3) Discuss the author's view of the process of change: What attitude is called for? Why is the process of change difficult for Americans in particular?

4) Do you believe that the change the author calls for is possible?

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