Feminist Theory from Margin to Center Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does the author view the kind of power practiced by women from non-affluent communities?

2. Related to education, what does the author see as one of the primary goals of feminism?

3. How does the author herself feel about the slow process of change and all the work that it involves?

4. How did the group initially discussed by the author characterize parenthood?

5. What assertion does the author make about lower and middle class women and power?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 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?

(see the answer keys)

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