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

2. How does the author support her claims about the reception of black women's efforts in the early feminist movement?

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

4. According to the author, who originally defined "sisterhood" in the feminist movement?

5. In the Preface (2000), what examples does the author give of the problematic status of women in contemporary society?

Short Essay Questions

1. What doe the author mean when she says that black women have no "institutionalized other."

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

3. Does the author offer her own definition of feminism in Chapter Two, and if so, what is it?

4. Why does the author want to change feminist language from "I am a feminist" to "I advocate feminism"?

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. Does the author encourage a particular attitude towards manifesting change?

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

8. Is the author clear about her position on women who define feminism as seeking equality with men?

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

10. Describe the author's personal experiences with feminists from the same background as Friedan. How did they initially respond to her attempts to contribute to the conversation around feminist theory?

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. 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?

Essay Topic 3

Essay on Ch. 4: Sisterhood.

The concept of sisterhood is discussed at length in Ch. 4. In this assignment you will explore the complexity of the term based on your reading.

1) Is sisterhood something that exists automatically between women based on their gender? Why or why not.

2) When and how is sisterhood challenged?

3) Why does the author choose to base sisterhood on solidarity in the face of all forms of oppression, and in your opinion does this definition work?

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