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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. Why did many lower/middle class and/or non-white women respond to early feminist views on work as they did?
2. In the author's view, which prejudices is it important for women of color to transcend?
3. How does the author present education in the title of Chapter Eight
4. In the author's view, how did early feminists understand work, i.e what did they identify as successful work?
5. What qualities does the author promote in this final chapter on change via the feminist movement?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Essay on Ch. 2: Definition of feminism.
In Ch. 2, the author advocates ending sexist oppression as a better definition of feminism.
1) How does the author define sexist oppression and how does ending sexist oppression differ from previous definitions?
2) What social institutions (e.g. the family) will potentially be changed by this new definition of feminism?
3) Does the author advocate a more comprehensive approach to fighting all forms oppression in general? How?
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. 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?
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