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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What is the awareness about sexual oppression that the author advocates?
(a) Sexual oppression is here to stay.
(b) Sexual oppression damages everyone and ending it will benefit everyone.
(c) Sexual oppression is derived from poor self-esteem.
(d) Men are not effected by sexual oppression but they should support ending it.

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

7. Overall, what does the author think about the effects of the feminist movement?
(a) The feminist movement has not changed the educational landscape.
(b) It has not done enough to reach out to both genders.
(c) The movement has had positive effects, but mostly in the academic world.
(d) It has created amazing changes in the lives of girls and boys, and women and men.

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

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) Feminist theory does not propose concrete solutions for women's empowerment.
(b) Feminist theory does not reach out to younger women.
(c) It has been developed and presented from the perspective of women with more societal power and privilege.
(d) Feminist theory is too focused on economics.

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

11. When and where did the author enroll in her first women's studies class?
(a) At Brown in the early 1980s.
(b) At Howard in the 1970s.
(c) At UCLA in the late 1960s.
(d) At Stanford in the 1970s.

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

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

14. 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.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. For the author, which two main terms had been left out of feminist discussions when she first published her book?

2. Which definition of feminism does not work, according to the author?

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

4. In the author's view, is it valid to define feminism in terms of creating a sense of community?

5. What can happen to women in light of the social views about their gender?

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