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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What must be learned in order for the feminist movement to be successful?
(a) Everyone must learn to not accept and/or live according to traditional sexist attitudes.
(b) Working class and non-white men must learn to reject capitalist patriarchy.
(c) Women must learn to compete with men in the workforce.
(d) Men must learn non-violence.

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

3. The author expresses how feminism reacts to "a political system of imperialist, white supremacist, capitalist patriarchy;" how does she view the state of our society today?
(a) In spite of the social advances of the last few decades, this system is still entrenched; therefore, feminist work is still relevant.
(b) No advances have been made despite the best efforts of the movement.
(c) Feminism has completely transformed the system at all levels.
(d) Our contemporary society has made race irrelevant.

4. 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

5. What question does the author raise about the desire for equality with men?
(a) There are degrees of "equality" within the male gender, so with which men are women supposed to want equality?
(b) How come more women don not see the value in imitating male models of power?
(c) When will men decide to share their power?
(d) Why do women want equality with men?

6. How does the author view the concept of personal freedom?
(a) It is grounded in preserving the patriarchal, capitalist, individualist status quo.
(b) It is an honorable and uplifting concept.
(c) It runs the risk of promoting sexual infidelity.
(d) It promises to be an idea around which the feminist movement can rally.

7. In the Preface, which four factors are most central to the author's argument about a person's position in society?
(a) Education, political beliefs, place of birth, and family name.
(b) Height, gender, income, and place of birth.
(c) Race, gender, income, and education.
(d) Race, weight, gender, and marital status.

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

9. As stated in the 1984 Preface, what is the primary weakness of feminist theory that the author promises to address in her book?
(a) It has been developed and presented from the perspective of women with more societal power and privilege.
(b) Feminist theory does not reach out to younger women.
(c) Feminist theory is too focused on economics.
(d) Feminist theory does not propose concrete solutions for women's empowerment.

10. Why does the author spend time talking about the relationship between feminism and the family?
(a) 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.
(b) She is tired of being accused of ignoring this important issue.
(c) She believes that it will help attract more men to the movement.
(d) She is determined to promote the traditional family structure.

11. How does the author view women's desires and attempts to be like white men?
(a) She refrains from commenting because she doesn't want to appear judgmental.
(b) She thinks that it is acceptable for white women but not for black women.
(c) She disagrees strongly with this definition of feminism because it sustains the current patriarchal system.
(d) She believes that it is the only way fro women to gain credibility and power in society.

12. In the Preface to the first edition (1984), what general theme does the author present?
(a) A history of the feminist movement.
(b) The central theory of her work.
(c) Her mother's life story.
(d) Her ideas about high school education for girls.

13. Who must be retrained in order for the feminist movement to be successful?
(a) Men.
(b) Teachers.
(c) White upper class men.
(d) Men and women.

14. At the end of the Preface (2000), what does the author say regarding "patriarchal mass media" and feminism?
(a) It trashes feminism or tells the public it is a dead movement.
(b) It appropriates feminist language for its own uses.
(c) It creates low self-esteem in feminists.
(d) It completely ignores feminism and feminists.

15. 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) To get more work.
(c) Make new friends.
(d) To expand the basis of feminist thought.

Short Answer Questions

1. How were black women's efforts received by white feminists?

2. According to the author, challenges to to sisterhood can exist between white women and women of color; between which other groups does she say that they can exist?

3. In the Preface to the second edition (2000), how does the author describe the original reception of her book?

4. At the end of the Preface to the second edition, where does the author maintain that a feminist path will lead us?

5. According to the author, how did early feminists see gender?

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