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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. 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 2

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 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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