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Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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) Black feminists' ideas about class were accepted, but not their ideas about race.
(c) Sometimes their ideas inspired new understanding and growth in the movement.
(d) Some white feminists rejected their ideas but most did not.

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

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

4. 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.

5. How does the author describe feminism in the U.S.?
(a) As a collective Marxist movement.
(b) As a separatist movement.
(c) As a bourgeois ideology based on liberal individualism.
(d) As a radical revolution.

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

7. In the author's view, what three things most determine a woman's destiny?
(a) Her race, her gender, and who she marries.
(b) Her alma mater, her first job, and who she marries.
(c) Who she marries, her appearance, and her family name.
(d) Gender, race, and class.

8. What is the main relationship discussed in Chapter 5?
(a) The relationship between women and technology.
(b) The relationship between men and the feminist movement.
(c) The relationship between feminism and civil rights
(d) The relationship between senior women and feminism.

9. What change to the language expressing involvement in feminism does the author advocate?
(a) Change "I advocate feminism" to "I am a feminist."
(b) Change "I am a feminist" to "I advocate feminism."
(c) Change "I am a feminist" to "I support the feminist movement."
(d) Change "I advocate feminism" to "I support the feminist movement."

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

11. How are black and white men the same in the author's view?
(a) They both stand to lose power as a result of feminism.
(b) They both do not want women to be strong and assertive.
(c) They are both capable of sexual oppression and violence against women, whether sexual or non-sexual.
(d) They are not the same in the author's view.

12. In the Preface to the first edition (1984), which two key terms in her analysis does the author introduce?
(a) Margin and center.
(b) Inside and outside.
(c) Intellectual and illiterate.
(d) Liberal and conservative.

13. According to the author, how are joint analyses of race, class, and gender seen today?
(a) They are exclusively embraced in university settings.
(b) They are accepted by mainstream feminism as common practice.
(c) They are still rejected by mainstream feminists as too radical.
(d) They are mostly practiced by black intellectuals.

14. What general statement does the author make about men that may seem to contradict her other claims?
(a) All men support and perpetuate sexism and sexist oppression in one form or another.
(b) Men are no longer sexist.
(c) Most men are unable to truly support feminism.
(d) Sexism is not perpetuated by educated men.

15. Which elements define the ideal family for the author?
(a) Order, respect, and privacy.
(b) Order, unity, respect, and fairness.
(c) Unity, modesty, and communication.
(d) Support, respect, unity and community.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the author's contention about the feelings that defined sisterhood?

2. What assertion does the author make (once again) about who benefits from the current feminist movement?

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

4. The phrase "the problem that has no name" refers to which of the following issues?

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

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