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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. Why does the author hold her particular beliefs about prioritizing struggles against different forms of prejudice?
(a) All are ultimately as destructive of society and the individual as the other.
(b) Because she is a women, she places gender issues first.
(c) She holds her views because she needs to maintain her standing in the academic community.
(d) As a black woman, she feels that race is a more pressing matter than feminism.

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

5. The author opens the Preface to the first edition of the book with a description of which group and its experiences in life?
(a) White French feminists.
(b) White upper class American women.
(c) Black Americans living in a small town in Kentucky.
(d) Upper class black professionals.

6. What must happen in order for women to create true sisterhood?
(a) Women must learn to explore, understand, and communicate their individual experiences.
(b) Women must learn to organize politically.
(c) Women must all agree on a single definition of sisterhood.
(d) Women must decide to get a formal education.

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

8. 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.

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

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

11. The phrase "the problem that has no name" refers to which of the following issues?
(a) Women and schizophrenia.
(b) Women's fears of aging.
(c) Hating one's family.
(d) The psychological malaise of all women in American society due to gender roles.

12. What are some of the biggest challenges to sisterhood?
(a) Unfair business practices.
(b) Global warming, politics, and religion.
(c) Racism, classism, sexism, and heterosexism.
(d) There used to be challenges but they have lessened.

13. According to the author, who originally defined "sisterhood" in the feminist movement?
(a) The middle class white women at the forefront of the movement.
(b) Working class women.
(c) Young female college students in sociology classes.
(d) University professors.

14. 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?
(a) Race, then size.
(b) Gender, then size.
(c) Gender, then race.
(d) Race, then gender.

15. In the first chapter, how does the author characterize the perspective of the women involved in the early feminist movement?
(a) They saw all women as oppressed but had no real awareness of the life of a non-white, non-middle class women.
(b) They were overly concerned with saving poor women.
(c) Their perspective is difficult to pin down since they were from many different social backgrounds.
(d) They thought working women were not true feminists.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does the author characterize black women's future role in the feminist movement?

2. When and where did the author enroll in her first women's studies class?

3. From which position (or perspective) does the author claim to write in her analysis of feminism and its social manifestations?

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

5. According to the author, how has the relationship between feminism and the family often been portrayed?

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