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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 does the author say about the statement: "I am a feminist"?

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

3. In Chapter 1, what key term does the author use to talk about the "racial politic" in the U.S.?

4. According to the author's Preface (2000), where is visionary feminist discourse increasingly talked about?

5. What must happen in order for women to create true sisterhood?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why is educating women a "feminist agenda," as the title to Chapter Eight suggests?

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

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

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

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

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

8. How does the author discuss feminists views on housework?

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

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

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. 9: Violence and the media.

Fighting violence against women has been one of the mainstays of the feminist movement since it's inception. One of the forms this has taken more recently, has been to address the problem through looking at media images that display violence against women.

1) The author claims that men and women are desensitized to violence. What are the repercussions of this phenomenon and how does she explain it?

2) In what ways does the media make violence against women seem normal? for example, by makig it sexually appealing, or associating it with love, etc.

3) Discuss several examples from film and other media, such as fashion magazines or video games, in which you have noticed images of violence against women. Analyze your examples.

4) Have you seen signs in the media that violence against women is discouraged? Discuss your examples.

Essay Topic 3

Essay on Ch. 1: The mainstream feminist movement.

In Ch. 1, the author goes into great detail regarding the weaknesses of the mainstream feminist movement.

1) Discuss the role of race and class in the author's critique. Why and how is mainstream feminist theory classist and racist? Provide specific examples from the text.

2) In the second part of your paper, discuss why and how less privileged women's perspectives can alter (and have altered) feminist theory.

3) What is specific to less privileged women's vision and perspectives that more privileged feminists have overlooked?

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