Introduction to Feminisms
Final Exam Review Sheet
Review Session: Thursday, Dec 12, 4:30pm
Final Exam: Tuesday, Dec 17, 4:30pm
The exam will be cumulative in that it will ask questions that require (or allow) you to use examples from material
covered throughout the semester. There will be three parts to the exam:
SECTION 1: IDENTIFICATION OF TERMS (4pts each = 20pts)
You will be given a list of 8 terms, and you will identify 5. Briefly identify each term, making sure to describe why
the term is important to our study of feminisms. You may also wish to include brief details to explain the term and
An example of a successfully identified term might be something like:
Patriarchy – A system of power that gives men primary control in a society—particularly over women.
Feminism has critiqued patriarchy for unjustly oppressing women as subservient to men and has argued
that men and women are equal.
**NOTE: Please do not identify all the terms,
as you will only receive credit for the first 5 you identify!**
SECTION 2: SHORT ANSWERS (15pts each = 30 pts)
I will give you two short answer questions, each of which should take no longer than a paragraph or two (57
sentences) to answer. Answers should be concrete with relevant details and/or examples.
Some examples of the kinds of questions I could ask:
- Why would a multiracial feminist perspective challenge the beauty ideal?
- Explain how sexual violence and patriarchy are linked.
SECTION 3: ANALYTICAL ESSAY (50pts)
A quote from a course reading will be coupled with a multiplepart question. The purpose of the long essay is to
challenge you to synthesize material addressed in class. Towards this end, the question is crafted to allow you to
demonstrate independence of thought in problemsolving around how feminist analyses and activisms engage
particular issues of power, inequality, and/or injustice for women.
Because there is no single feminist perspective or framework, your essay should carefully reflect the ways in which
intersections of sex, gender, race, class, sexuality, religion, nationalism, etc. shape understandings of feminisms. In
other words, aim to be specific about who is speaking and/or from what perspective. For example, rather than using
broad statements such as “Feminism says X”, aim instead for “Patricia Hill Collins says X” or “from a white, liberal
feminist standpoint, X…”.
When addressing questions of activism, also aim for specific details to describe both how a feminist might act and
why a feminist might choose that particular course of action/strategy/tactic/form of activism. For example, why
organize a public showing of the Vagina Monologues rather than circulate a pamphlet about women’s sexual health?
If you have been attentive in lecture, done your readings carefully, and thoughtfully participated in discussions, you
will have what it takes to answer the question successfully. Remember that a successful essay contains specific
examples and details from class. It might help to draft a brief outline to get your ideas in order before composing
A sample question to think about:
1 “The Catch22 theory focuses on whether individuals can meet demands rather than on whether they
should have to accede to either. This focus obscures the real problem with the covering and reverse
covering demands. The problem is not that both cannot be met, but that neit