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

2. The author cites Lillian Hellman's autobiography as an example of what kind of phenomenon?

3. For the author, what perspective really changed the direction of feminist thought?

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

5. How has the author's own perception of her book held up?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What can alternative models of power accomplish, according to the author?

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

4. What is the author's approach to discussing feminism in Chapter Two, "Feminism - A Movement to End Sexist Oppression;" i.e. how does she structure the chapter?

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

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

7. 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?

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

9. Describe the author's views of how modern western cultures deal with the process of change.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Essay on Ch. 7: Women and work.

The author claims that bourgeois feminist's idealization of work alienated many women of color and working class women.

1) How is the early feminist view of work defined by race and class?

2) What were the experiences of many women of color and working class women? What alternatives do they have when the workplace turns out to be a place of discrimination and hierarchy?

3) Do you feel that we live in an equal opportunity society, or are opportunities still affected by a person's gender, race, and class? Provide examples for your argument.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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