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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 on Ch. 9: Violence and the media.

Fighting violence against women has been one of the mainstays of the feminist movement since it's inception. One of the forms this has taken more recently, has been to address the problem through looking at media images that display violence against women.

1) The author claims that men and women are desensitized to violence. What are the repercussions of this phenomenon and how does she explain it?

2) In what ways does the media make violence against women seem normal? for example, by makig it sexually appealing, or associating it with love, etc.

3) Discuss several examples from film and other media, such as fashion magazines or video games, in which you have noticed images of violence against women. Analyze your examples.

4) Have you seen signs in the media that violence against women is discouraged? Discuss your examples.

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 on Ch. 11: Sexual liberation.

Sexual liberation comes across as problematic in Ch. 11.

1) Why is the (male-defined) idea of sexual liberation problematic for the author?

2) Does it seem like our contemporary society promotes sexual liberation? Give examples of why or why not.

3) In your opinion, does the author's promotion of freedom from conforming to one model, and tolerance towards all sexualities, go far enough in addressing, or redefining the male-defined models of sexual liberation?

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