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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapter 1.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. For the author, which two main terms had been left out of feminist discussions when she first published her book?
(a) Genetics and the role of the family.
(b) Race and class.
(c) Class and marital status.
(d) Gender and race.

2. According to the author, in Chapter 1, "Black Women - Shaping Feminist Theory," what were black feminists initially trying to do in the feminist movement?
(a) Make new friends.
(b) To expand the basis of feminist thought.
(c) Be more like white feminists.
(d) To get more work.

3. How does the author characterize black women's future role in the feminist movement?
(a) She thinks that they would be better off starting their own movement.
(b) She believes that black women have an important role to play in deepening and broadening the movement.
(c) She describes their future role along the lines of a hostile takeover.
(d) She believes that they will no longer need feminism.

4. Overall, what does the author think about the effects of the feminist movement?
(a) It has created amazing changes in the lives of girls and boys, and women and men.
(b) It has not done enough to reach out to both genders.
(c) The feminist movement has not changed the educational landscape.
(d) The movement has had positive effects, but mostly in the academic world.

5. Were there ever alternate reactions to black women's efforts to participate in the early feminist movement, and if so what were they?
(a) Black women were always seen as a threat to the movement.
(b) Black feminists' ideas about class were accepted, but not their ideas about race.
(c) Sometimes their ideas inspired new understanding and growth in the movement.
(d) Some white feminists rejected their ideas but most did not.

Short Answer Questions

1. In Chapter 1, the author states that feminist theory and the feminist movement were originally shaped by which type of people?

2. As stated in the 1984 Preface, what is the primary weakness of feminist theory that the author promises to address in her book?

3. In the Preface to the first edition (1984), which two key terms in her analysis does the author introduce?

4. The author cites Lillian Hellman's autobiography as an example of what kind of phenomenon?

5. What is the social and racial dynamic described by the author at the beginning of the Preface to the first edition of the book?

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