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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. How does the author describe Betty Friedan in Chapter 1?

2. How does the author view women's desires and attempts to be like white men?

3. In the Preface to the second edition (2000), how does the author describe the original reception of her book?

4. What belief about men did early feminists act out, according to the author.

5. Who has portrayed the relationship between feminism and the family in this way? (See question # 61)

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What differences and similarities does the author see between black men and white men?

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

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

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

6. What does the author say about feminist writer Betty Friedan's book The Feminine Mystique?

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

8. Does the author offer any ideas about how to create sisterhood?

9. What reasons does the author give for people finding themselves at the center of society?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Essay on Ch. 8: Women and education.

Provide an overview of the author's discussion of the role of literacy in relationship to feminism. Analyze her recommendation that women of color should seek to further their education and intellectual development in order to participate more in feminist theory and the feminist movement.

1) The author promotes literacy as a solution to the problem of many women-especially women of color- being excluded from the feminist movement. How does promoting literacy address the problem of exclusion? What other things does literacy accomplish (e.g. furthering feminism's goals, dispelling stereotypes, etc.).

2) Does promoting literacy address the problem of feminist writing being too academic and intellectual, and therefore inaccessible? What is the author's recommendation for dealing with this problem? Is this a realistic solution in your view?

3) Are there other solutions that the author does not suggest? For example, are there ways to dispel stereotypes, promote feminist goals, and educate women about feminist issues that do not include promoting higher educating and intellectual development. In your view, how can women who do not wish to become intellectuals participate in the feminist movement?

Essay Topic 2

Essay on the two Prefaces: Purpose and reception of author's work.

In the Prefaces to the first and second editions of Feminist Theory From Margin to Center by bell hooks, the author discusses the reasons for her work and how its reception has evolved.

1) Discuss the author's primary reasons for writing the book. Why is a perspective from the margins important? How might a person from the margins see things differently?

2) Next, discuss the book's initial reception and the possible reasons for it.

3) Has the attitude towards analyses of gender, race, and class changed within the feminist movement? Why and how?

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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