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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. Overall, what does the author think about the effects of the feminist movement?
2. Why does the author believe that it is important to define feminism from within the movement?
3. How does the author describe the family in "Western society"?
4. What major difference between white and black men does the author point out?
5. What did these early feminists forget to take into account in their beliefs about men?
Short Essay Questions
1. What differences and similarities does the author see between black men and white men?
2. In chapter Nine, "Feminist Movement to End Violence," how does the author describe the patriarchal perspective on gender.
3. What is problematic for the author regarding early feminist views of parenting and motherhood, and what can be changed?
4. In Chapter Three, "The Significance of the Feminist Movement" how does the author describe her understanding of feminism and the family?
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. What are the universal definitions of feminism that the author disagrees with? List several.
7. Describe the author's discussion of early feminist attitudes towards men.
8. In Chapter Seven, "Rethinking the Nature of Work," why does the author take issue with early feminist attitudes toward work?
9. What is the traditional view on motherhood that the author relates in Chapter Ten?
10. From the author's perspective, is theory related to experience in her discussion in Chapter One?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Essay on Ch. 9: The nature of violence against women.
One of the author's critiques of mainstream feminism is that it was sometimes unable to focus on transforming traditional views on gender, but instead reacted against them. For example, in her discussion of sisterhood in Ch.4, the author notes how early feminists built a notion of sisterhood around a shared sense of victimization. This view did not necessarily rethink the patriarchal dichotomy of victim and aggressor. In Ch. 9, the author notes something similar when she analyzes early feminist views on the nature of violence against women.
1) Discuss what the author means when she says that the practice of violence against women is a manifestation and perpetuation of traditional patriarchal thought, i.e. views on gender. What qualities do men and women possess according to this view. Does this view appear to make violence against women seem normal?
2) How did early feminists perceive the problem of violence against women, and what is the author's critique of their view?
3) Is violence limited to men, in the author's view? Whose problem is violence and how must the phenomenon be addressed in our society?
Essay Topic 2
Essay on Ch. 2, 3, and 10: Parenting.
Compare the author's discussion of the family in Ch. 2 and 3 with her discussion on revolutionary parenting in Ch. 10.
1) What is the author's thesis?
2) How can the family as a unit reproduce patriarchal ideas? E.g., how does sexism affect the family structure?
3) What role does feminism play in redefining family?
4) How can the idea of the family be reformulated so as to transform traditional models and ideas about motherhood?
Essay Topic 3
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?
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