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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. On what levels of culture and society is violence most likely to exist?
2. Besides spreading feminism and its goals, what else would be accomplished by the action promoted by the author?
3. Why does society-the U.S. in particular-have this kind of reaction to the process of change?
4. In the author's opinion, how did early feminists view violence against women?
5. What do these accepted beliefs about motherhood manifest for the author?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Essay on Ch. 4: Sisterhood.
The concept of sisterhood is discussed at length in Ch. 4. In this assignment you will explore the complexity of the term based on your reading.
1) Is sisterhood something that exists automatically between women based on their gender? Why or why not.
2) When and how is sisterhood challenged?
3) Why does the author choose to base sisterhood on solidarity in the face of all forms of oppression, and in your opinion does this definition work?
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. 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?
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