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Multiple Choice Questions

1. According to the author, what does society often teach women about what it means to be a woman?
(a) That to be a woman is easier than being a man.
(b) That women should be silent.
(c) That to be female is to be important.
(d) That to be female is to be a victim.

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

3. 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) She feels ambivalent about the relationship between the two.
(d) Her definition of feminism is one that is pro-family.

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

5. What can happen to women in light of the social views about their gender?
(a) Women can simply imitate men and these views will not affect them.
(b) Nothing happens to women; they are not influenced by social attitudes.
(c) There is no proof that social attitudes affect individual choices.
(d) Women can absorb these views and manifest them in their lives in negative ways.

6. 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 religion and age.
(c) Differences in age and profession.
(d) Differences in race and class.

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

8. In the Preface (2000), what examples does the author give of the problematic status of women in contemporary society?
(a) Low job benefits, high poverty, high divorce rates.
(b) High poverty, low status of single mothers, lack of state assistance and health care.
(c) High divorce rates, low job benefits, no enough day care.
(d) High poverty, high divorce rates, lack of state assistance.

9. How does the author support her claims about the reception of black women's efforts in the early feminist movement?
(a) She does not support her claims with evidence.
(b) She presents a series of interviews that she conducted.
(c) She presents statistical research.
(d) She cites anecdotal evidence based on personal experience.

10. 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..

11. In Chapter Four, what does the author give as the broad definition of "sisterhood" from the early feminist movement?
(a) Unity between women.
(b) Unity between working women.
(c) Women who share the same parents.
(d) Common religion among women.

12. In Chapter 3, "The Significance of Feminist Movement," the author discusses which of the following themes?
(a) The major shortcomings of the feminist movement.
(b) The potential social and political benefits of the feminist movement.
(c) Famous personalities within the feminist movement.
(d) The effects of feminism on foreign policy.

13. Were there ever alternate reactions to black women's efforts to participate in the early feminist movement, and if so what were they?
(a) Black women were always seen as a threat to the movement.
(b) Some white feminists rejected their ideas but most did not.
(c) Black feminists' ideas about class were accepted, but not their ideas about race.
(d) Sometimes their ideas inspired new understanding and growth in the movement.

14. In the Preface to the second edition (2000), how does the author characterize the later reception of her work?
(a) Many people embrace her ideas but do not give her any credit for them.
(b) Women of color still feel that the author does not address their concerns.
(c) The people who first rejected the book came to regard the author's innovations as necessary and valuable.
(d) Male academics find the work too exclusive.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. How does the author propose to prioritize the struggles against various forms of prejudice?

3. The author cites Lillian Hellman's autobiography as an example of what kind of phenomenon?

4. According to the author, in Chapter 1, "Black Women - Shaping Feminist Theory," what were black feminists initially trying to do in the feminist movement?

5. What must be learned in order for the feminist movement to be successful?

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