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Multiple Choice Questions

1. For the author, what perspective really changed the direction of feminist thought?
(a) Accepting men into the movement.
(b) Looking at the interlocking nature of race, class, and gender.
(c) Creating women's studies departments in universities.
(d) Looking back at women's history.

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

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

4. According to the author, how did early feminists see gender?
(a) As a form of empowerment.
(b) As less important than race.
(c) As the sole determinant of a woman's fate.
(d) As less important than class.

5. How does the author characterize black women's future role in the feminist movement?
(a) She describes their future role along the lines of a hostile takeover.
(b) She thinks that they would be better off starting their own movement.
(c) She believes that they will no longer need feminism.
(d) She believes that black women have an important role to play in deepening and broadening the movement.

6. In Chapter 1, the author states that feminist theory and the feminist movement were originally shaped by which type of people?
(a) Expatriates living abroad.
(b) Working-class women.
(c) Middle-class white women.
(d) Middle-class women.

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

8. 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) Desegregation: Blacks were finally able to go wherever they wanted.
(b) The author does not discuss race until the end of the Preface.
(c) Segregation: Black people could enter parts of the white people's world, but they could not stay there.
(d) Upward mobility: Blacks strove to imitate whites and climb the social ladder.

9. According to the author's Preface (2000), where is visionary feminist discourse increasingly talked about?
(a) In beauty parlors.
(b) In the corridors of the educated elite.
(c) In university sororities.
(d) Inside factories and in union meeting halls.

10. 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 completely ignores feminism and feminists.
(d) It creates low self-esteem in feminists.

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

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

13. In the Preface to the second edition (2000), how does the author describe the original reception of her book?
(a) It was rejected by mainstream feminists.
(b) It started a riot.
(c) Women of color claimed it focused mostly on white women so they rejected it.
(d) It was embraced by all feminists for its thought-provoking content.

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

15. What was the shared feeling that helped define sisterhood in the early years of the movement, according to the author?
(a) Desire for greater affluence.
(b) A sense of victimization.
(c) A love of adventure.
(d) Artistic inspiration.

Short Answer Questions

1. Overall, what does the author think about the effects of the feminist movement?

2. The author states that most women would like to be like ________________.

3. In the first chapter, how does the author characterize the perspective of the women involved in the early feminist movement?

4. What major difference between white and black men does the author point out?

5. How does the author characterize the aims of the feminist movement in relationship to other movements?

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