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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. In the first chapter, how does the author characterize the perspective of the women involved in the early feminist movement?
(a) Their perspective is difficult to pin down since they were from many different social backgrounds.
(b) They were overly concerned with saving poor women.
(c) They saw all women as oppressed but had no real awareness of the life of a non-white, non-middle class women.
(d) They thought working women were not true feminists.

2. How does the author describe Betty Friedan in Chapter 1?
(a) As a marginal woman who rose to prominence.
(b) As a major proponent of integration within the feminist movement.
(c) As the author of a seminal feminist work whose theories have a white, middle-class bias.
(d) As a creative genius who was misunderstood.

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

4. For the author, what perspective really changed the direction of feminist thought?
(a) Creating women's studies departments in universities.
(b) Looking at the interlocking nature of race, class, and gender.
(c) Accepting men into the movement.
(d) Looking back at women's history.

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

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. From which position (or perspective) does the author claim to write in her analysis of feminism and its social manifestations?

3. What name did early feminists use to describe radical, or revolutionary, feminists?

4. In Chapter 1, what key term does the author use to talk about the "racial politic" in the U.S.?

5. At the end of the Preface to the second edition, where does the author maintain that a feminist path will lead us?

(see the answer key)

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