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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What change to the language expressing involvement in feminism does the author advocate?
(a) Change "I advocate feminism" to "I support the feminist movement."
(b) Change "I am a feminist" to "I advocate feminism."
(c) Change "I am a feminist" to "I support the feminist movement."
(d) Change "I advocate feminism" to "I am a feminist."

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

3. What did these early feminists forget to take into account in their beliefs about men?
(a) Whether men were married or single.
(b) Differences in age and profession.
(c) Differences in race and class.
(d) Differences in religion and age.

4. What major difference between white and black men does the author point out?
(a) White men were not as threatened by strong women functioning outside traditional gender roles.
(b) Black men were not as threatened by strong women functioning outside traditional gender roles.
(c) Black men did not trust women who worked outside the home.
(d) White men encouraged women to go to work whereas black men did not.

5. 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 major proponent of integration within the feminist movement.
(d) As a creative genius who was misunderstood.

6. What were black women mostly encouraged to talk about in the early days of the feminist movement.
(a) Race, class. and gender.
(b) Race.
(c) Feminist theory.
(d) Class and privilege.

7. What general statement does the author make about men that may seem to contradict her other claims?
(a) Most men are unable to truly support feminism.
(b) All men support and perpetuate sexism and sexist oppression in one form or another.
(c) Men are no longer sexist.
(d) Sexism is not perpetuated by educated men.

8. Why does the author spend time talking about the relationship between feminism and the family?
(a) She is determined to promote the traditional family structure.
(b) She wants to dispel anti-family myths and propose a definition of feminism from within that takes the family unit as the foundation of a compassionate society.
(c) She believes that it will help attract more men to the movement.
(d) She is tired of being accused of ignoring this important issue.

9. In the Preface to the first edition (1984), which two key terms in her analysis does the author introduce?
(a) Intellectual and illiterate.
(b) Liberal and conservative.
(c) Margin and center.
(d) Inside and outside.

10. Which definition of feminism does not work, according to the author?
(a) One that is grounded in the desire for equality with men.
(b) A definition that completely rejects patriarchy.
(c) One that looks for new definitions of equality.
(d) A definition that revolves around equal rights for all people.

11. In Chapter 1, what key term does the author use to talk about the "racial politic" in the U.S.?
(a) Racial ignorance.
(b) Regression.
(c) White privilege.
(d) White supremacy.

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

13. 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) The author does not discuss race until the end of the Preface.
(c) Desegregation: Blacks were finally able to go wherever they wanted.
(d) Upward mobility: Blacks strove to imitate whites and climb the social ladder.

14. How does the author see feminism and the family?
(a) She thinks feminists that reject the family completely are justified in doing so.
(b) She believes that the traditional family structure is fine the way it is and feminists should not try to change it.
(c) Her definition of feminism is one that is pro-family.
(d) She feels ambivalent about the relationship between the two.

15. Why does the author believe that it is important to define feminism from within the movement?
(a) It provides direction for newcomers to the movement.
(b) Because it fosters pride among feminists.
(c) Because it helps to combat negative stereotypes placed on it from without, and it can create growth within the movement.
(d) It makes feminists appear more organized.

Short Answer Questions

1. What are some of the biggest challenges to sisterhood?

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

3. Who must be retrained in order for the feminist movement to be successful?

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

5. Who has portrayed the relationship between feminism and the family in this way? (See question # 61)

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