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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapters 2 and 3.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does the author say about the statement: "I am a feminist"?
(a) This statement allows women to feel more empowered and gain more respect.
(b) She worries that it is not forceful enough.
(c) She says it may imply a rigid us vs. them mentality or belief system.
(d) She does not think that women want to back up the statement with actions.

2. What is the social and racial dynamic described by the author at the beginning of the Preface to the first edition of the book?
(a) Segregation: Black people could enter parts of the white people's world, but they could not stay there.
(b) Desegregation: Blacks were finally able to go wherever they wanted.
(c) Upward mobility: Blacks strove to imitate whites and climb the social ladder.
(d) The author does not discuss race until the end of the Preface.

3. From which position (or perspective) does the author claim to write in her analysis of feminism and its social manifestations?
(a) From a foreign perspective.
(b) From the margins.
(c) From an elite position.
(d) From a religious perspective.

4. How does the author feel about defining feminism as enabling total personal freedom?
(a) She sees it as very limiting for women since it is a male-defined model.
(b) She sees this as the most favorable definition of feminism.
(c) She thinks it is immoral.
(d) She finds the definition to vague.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What change to the language expressing involvement in feminism does the author advocate?

2. Why does the author hold her particular beliefs about prioritizing struggles against different forms of prejudice?

3. What did she notice about white female students at the time?

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

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

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