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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. In her discussion of attitudes towards sexuality, what common problem does the author say that women and gay men share?
2. Related to education, what does the author see as one of the primary goals of feminism?
3. Overall, what is the author's approach to presenting feminist ideas in this book?
4. Which one of the following is true of the author beliefs about child care centers?
5. What will happen if people follow the course of action regarding beliefs about motherhood proposed by the author?
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 the two Prefaces: Purpose and reception of author's work.
In the Prefaces to the first and second editions of Feminist Theory From Margin to Center by bell hooks, the author discusses the reasons for her work and how its reception has evolved.
1) Discuss the author's primary reasons for writing the book. Why is a perspective from the margins important? How might a person from the margins see things differently?
2) Next, discuss the book's initial reception and the possible reasons for it.
3) Has the attitude towards analyses of gender, race, and class changed within the feminist movement? Why and how?
Essay Topic 3
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?
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