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Study Guide for the First Exam
HUM 140-001





  1. The midterm exam will cover the material that has been presented in class, the material from my summaries, the material that you read in Feminist Thought and the other assigned primary source readings, the material in the films we watched (One Woman; One Vote and Union Maids).

  2. There will be some brief identification questions in which you will be asked to match people with descriptions of their work, activities, or beliefs.  The following people may be on the exam:

Susan B. Anthony

Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Carrie Chapman Catt

Mary Church Terrell 

Harriet Blatch

John Stuart Mill

Sojourner Truth  

Betty Friedan

Mary Wollstonecraft

Frederick Douglas

Karl Marx

Friedrich Engels 

Alice Paul  

Shulamith Firestone

Andrea Dworkin

Kate Millett

Mary Daly 

Barbara Ehrenreich

Juliet Mitchell  

Julia Reichart

Tanya Saracho





  1. There will be one long essay question that will require you to show your knowledge of the theories that we have studied.
    1. You might be asked to compare two of the theories that we have studied.
    2. You also might be asked to present one or two criticisms of these theories or to explain how the proponent of one theory might critique the proponent of another theory.  For example, how might a radical feminist criticize a liberal feminist?  
    3. Finally you might be given an issue such as equal pay for equal work, pornography, gay and lesbian marriage, women in military combat and asked to explain the positions that proponents of different theories might take and why they would take them.  Please note that this is not a matter of memorizing the positions on issues that are described in the text.  For example, gay and lesbian marriage is not discussed.  You will use your knowledge of the theories to figure out what position proponents of different theory might take.  There won’t be one right answer.  You will just need to use convincing arguments and to correctly apply the theories. In this essay, you may want to refer particular theorists.  Doing so in appropriate circumstances might improve your answer, but it will not be required.


  1. There will be at least two short essays of just one paragraph that asked you to describe a work, a concept, or a controversy that we studied.  The short essays will be chosen from this list:

    1. What was the Seneca Falls Convention?  Why was it important?
    2. What does Engels see as the origin of the oppression of women?
    3. What does it mean to claim the personal is political?  Explain this with reference to at least one radical feminist article.
    4. Why was the role of Harriet Blatch crucial in the struggle for the vote?
    5. NOW is the largest feminist organization in the country.  What is its general perspective?  How has it changed?
    6. Explain two reasons that Mary Daly believes that much of traditional religion is patriarchal.
    7. Why are radical feminists divided on the issue of pornography?
    8. There may be an extra credit question on Kita y Fernanda or on current events.

Please be on time for the exam since you will need the full period to do your best work.