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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What reason does the author give for lower and middle class women's relationship with power?
2. How does consumerism relate to the author's discussion of power?
3. What group of women are left out but really stand to benefit more from feminist thought?
4. Based on your overall understanding of this text, what approach is suggested by the title, Feminist Theory from Margin to Center?
5. For the author, what activity would be most likely to help spread feminism and its goals to a wider cross section of women?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Essay on Ch. 8: Women and education.
Provide an overview of the author's discussion of the role of literacy in relationship to feminism. Analyze her recommendation that women of color should seek to further their education and intellectual development in order to participate more in feminist theory and the feminist movement.
1) The author promotes literacy as a solution to the problem of many women-especially women of color- being excluded from the feminist movement. How does promoting literacy address the problem of exclusion? What other things does literacy accomplish (e.g. furthering feminism's goals, dispelling stereotypes, etc.).
2) Does promoting literacy address the problem of feminist writing being too academic and intellectual, and therefore inaccessible? What is the author's recommendation for dealing with this problem? Is this a realistic solution in your view?
3) Are there other solutions that the author does not suggest? For example, are there ways to dispel stereotypes, promote feminist goals, and educate women about feminist issues that do not include promoting higher educating and intellectual development. In your view, how can women who do not wish to become intellectuals participate in the feminist movement?
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 the two Prefaces, Ch. 12, and the book as a unit: Personal review of the book.
In the two Prefaces, the author introduces the notion of revolutionary feminism. She explains what it is and why U.S. feminism has not created revolutionary change. The author reintroduces the term in Ch. 12.
1) Review the homework in which you discussed the term "revolutionary." Has your understanding of the author's definition of revolutionary feminism expanded after reading the book? How?
2) Do you feel that the book itself is revolutionary?
3) Do you see any areas of the book that seem contradictory?
4) Does the book ultimately achieve its objective of being accessible to everyone?
5) Does society still need books such as this one to provide a "guiding light" for social change?
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