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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapters 8 and 9.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How does the author describe the family in "Western society"?
(a) Television has destroyed family relationships.
(b) It is no longer the primary social unit.
(c) For centuries it has been dominated by a sexist, patriarchal, authoritarian model.
(d) The Western family is based on nurturing and equality.

2. What was the author's initial experience in women's groups?
(a) No one would look at her.
(b) She found solidarity with women from very different backgrounds.
(c) White women did not treat women of color as equals.
(d) Everyone was really open-minded.

3. What is the author's central theory about the nature (and practice) of violence against women?
(a) It is an innate part of male biology.
(b) It is a result of women entering the workforce in large numbers.
(c) Women invite violence by the way they dress.
(d) It is a manifestation and perpetuation of traditional patriarchal thought that men are powerful and women are victims.

4. The author cites Lillian Hellman's autobiography as an example of what kind of phenomenon?
(a) White women being afraid to tell their domestic servants what to do.
(b) An rare example of working class writing.
(c) An early white feminist who listened to women of color.
(d) White women projecting mythical power and strength on black women while presenting themselves as powerless.

5. How did many lower/middle class and/or non-white women respond to this view of work?
(a) Work was not part of their list of concerns at the time.
(b) They agreed with it.
(c) They wanted more discussion of career possibilities.
(d) It alienated them from feminism.

Short Answer Questions

1. In the Preface to the second edition, what is the first factor considered by black parents when a child is born, according to the author?

2. In the first chapter, how does the author characterize the perspective of the women involved in the early feminist movement?

3. How does the author describe Betty Friedan in Chapter 1?

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

5. According to the author, who originally defined "sisterhood" in the feminist movement?

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