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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What name did early feminists use to describe radical, or revolutionary, feminists?
(a) Sisters.
(b) Traitors.
(c) Spoilers.
(d) Naive.

2. What did she notice about white female students at the time?
(a) They were afraid to look at each other in class.
(b) They were very excited about creating community and being together.
(c) They were not very smart.
(d) They were at college in order to find husbands.

3. In Chapter 2, what are the author's thoughts on a universally accepted definition of feminism?
(a) She says that it continues to be difficult to find a universally accepted definition.
(b) She does not see the relevance in trying to find a universally accepted definition.
(c) She doesn't understand why it is so difficult for people to agree on a universal definition..
(d) She thinks that the current definition is already adequate and people should focus on more important matters.s

4. For the author, what is a better way to arrive at a definition of sisterhood?
(a) Through sustained debate.
(b) Through solidarity in the face of all forms of oppression.
(c) The movement does not need a definition of sisterhood.
(d) By finding out which men are truly oppressive.

5. When and where did the author enroll in her first women's studies class?
(a) At Stanford in the 1970s.
(b) At Brown in the early 1980s.
(c) At UCLA in the late 1960s.
(d) At Howard in the 1970s.

6. How does the author characterize the aims of the feminist movement in relationship to other movements?
(a) Feminists should stay focused on their own goals and not look to other movements.
(b) There is a relationship between feminism and the struggle against ageism, but that is all.
(c) The aims and goals of the feminist movement are really separate from other movements.
(d) The feminist movements aims and intentions are interwoven with those struggling against classism, racism, heterosexism, and other forms of oppression..

7. What does it ultimately mean for the author when women behave like white men?
(a) It means that these women are creating a more successful life.
(b) It's an important sign of the sexual revolution.
(c) It means that there are more white men, i.e. there is no new definition of humanity.
(d) It means that they are traitors to their gender.

8. In the author's view, is it valid to define feminism in terms of creating a sense of community?
(a) Yes, this should be part of the universal definition of feminism.
(b) She claims that non-white, lower class women, who already have a strong sense of community may not find this definition adequate.
(c) The definition is too vague to be useful.
(d) Community is something that all women lack so it is way to define feminism.

9. The author states that most women would like to be like ________________.
(a) their mentors.
(b) their mothers.
(c) their best friends.
(d) white men.

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

11. In the author's view, what three things most determine a woman's destiny?
(a) Who she marries, her appearance, and her family name.
(b) Her race, her gender, and who she marries.
(c) Gender, race, and class.
(d) Her alma mater, her first job, and who she marries.

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

13. What is the primary "point of contact" between the oppressor and the oppressed?
(a) The work environment.
(b) Absence of choices.
(c) There is very little actual contact.
(d) Marriage.

14. 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) Be more like white feminists.
(b) Make new friends.
(c) To expand the basis of feminist thought.
(d) To get more work.

15. 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 completely ignores feminism and feminists.
(c) It appropriates feminist language for its own uses.
(d) It trashes feminism or tells the public it is a dead movement.

Short Answer Questions

1. What would this change in language suggest?

2. In the Preface, which four factors are most central to the author's argument about a person's position in society?

3. What potential effect can feminism have on the family, in the author's view?

4. How does the author support her claims about the reception of black women's efforts in the early feminist movement?

5. How does the author describe the family in "Western society"?

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