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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. 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 feminists' ideas about class were accepted, but not their ideas about race.
(b) Sometimes their ideas inspired new understanding and growth in the movement.
(c) Black women were always seen as a threat to the movement.
(d) Some white feminists rejected their ideas but most did not.

3. At the end of the Preface (2000), what does the author say regarding "patriarchal mass media" and feminism?
(a) It trashes feminism or tells the public it is a dead movement.
(b) It completely ignores feminism and feminists.
(c) It creates low self-esteem in feminists.
(d) It appropriates feminist language for its own uses.

4. How does the author view women's desires and attempts to be like white men?
(a) She disagrees strongly with this definition of feminism because it sustains the current patriarchal system.
(b) She believes that it is the only way fro women to gain credibility and power in society.
(c) She refrains from commenting because she doesn't want to appear judgmental.
(d) She thinks that it is acceptable for white women but not for black women.

5. In the Preface to the second edition (2000), how does the author characterize the later reception of her work?
(a) Many people embrace her ideas but do not give her any credit for them.
(b) Women of color still feel that the author does not address their concerns.
(c) The people who first rejected the book came to regard the author's innovations as necessary and valuable.
(d) Male academics find the work too exclusive.

Short Answer Questions

1. Based on your understanding of the two Prefaces, who does the author wish to reach with her work?

2. How does the author describe feminism in the U.S.?

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

4. What does it ultimately mean for the author when women behave like white men?

5. In the Preface (2000), what examples does the author give of the problematic status of women in contemporary society?

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