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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 must be learned in order for the feminist movement to be successful?

2. What did she notice about white female students at the time?

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

4. How does the author view the concept of personal freedom?

5. What were black women mostly encouraged to talk about in the early days of the feminist movement.

Short Essay Questions

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

2. In Chapter Seven, "Rethinking the Nature of Work," why does the author take issue with early feminist attitudes toward work?

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

4. Describe the author's discussion of early feminist attitudes towards men.

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

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

7. How does war relate to the authors discussion of violence and women?

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

9. How are traditional patriarchal concepts of gender related to violence against women?

10. Describe the particular perspective that the author offers throughout her work. What position does she claim to write from and why?

Essay 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. 6: Traditional and alternative models of power.

In Ch. 6 the author elaborates on traditional and alternative models of power and their relationship to women and the feminist movement. Discuss the central points of her analysis.

1) First, provide a brief definition of traditional and alternative models of power.

2) Next, discuss how and why early feminists understood and reacted to power.

3) Follow with a discussion of the author's observation about these feminists' ambivalent relationship to male-defined models of power.

4) Finally discuss how and why the author sees women of color and working class white women as examples of alternative models of power.

5) How do you view her assessment?

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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