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Study Guide for the Final Exam
Introduction to Women’s Studies
Spring 2014


  1. The second exam is cumulative.  Answering the long essays requires that you understand the theories that we studied in the earlier.  Also, you should review the people listed on the first study guide.  They may appear on this exam as well. 
  2. Please review all assigned readings from Feminist Theory, the assigned chapter from hooks' Ain't I a Woman, and the assigned films.
  3. 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 additional people may be on the exam:

Angela Davis

Vandana Shiva

Amy Richards

   Gloria Anzaldua     

bell hooks

Julie Serano

Gloria Steinem

   Chandra Mohanty

Uma Narayan

Judith Butler

Adrienne Rich



4.  There will be one long essay.  This essay will deal with some of the central themes of the class.  In order to answer the question, you will need to synthesize material from different sources.  For example, there could be a question that asks you to address the criticisms of earlier feminist theory that both women of color in the U.S. and women living in the 3rd world have presented.  A second example would be that you are asked to explain how different feminist theories might address an issue of contemporary significance such as gay and lesbian marriage.


  1. There will be at least two short essays of just one or two paragraphs.  These questions will be taken from the following list:
    1. Explain Angela Davis’ view on reproductive rights.
    2. Explain how Vandana Shiva’s view of ecofeminism brings entirely new concepts and issues to feminist theory. Use the material from both the text and the film to answer this.
    3.  Explain the importance of Gloria Steinem’s contributions to the contemporary women’s movement.
    4. What is 3rd wave feminism? Explain at least four characteristics.
    5. Does Mohanty accept the idea that the U.S. and other “Western” societies are more advanced in terms of women’s rights?  Why or why not?
    6.  Explain at least tfour situations faced by black women under slavery that are different from the situation faced by black men according to bell hooks.


There may be extra credit questions on this exam that will emphasize earlier material or required events.