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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What would this change in language suggest?
(a) It would suggest belief and participation in social action for change, rather than a confrontational approach.
(b) It would affirm personal identity.
(c) It would be active rather than passive.
(d) It would make the idea of belonging to a movement more visible.

6. 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 is too focused on economics.
(c) Feminist theory does not reach out to younger women.
(d) Feminist theory does not propose concrete solutions for women's empowerment.

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) An rare example of working class writing.
(c) White women being afraid to tell their domestic servants what to do.
(d) An early white feminist who listened to women of color.

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

9. What major difference between white and black men does the author point out?
(a) White 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) Black men were not as threatened by strong women functioning outside traditional gender roles.

10. From which position (or perspective) does the author claim to write in her analysis of feminism and its social manifestations?
(a) From a religious perspective.
(b) From the margins.
(c) From a foreign perspective.
(d) From an elite position.

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

12. 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 feminists' ideas about class were accepted, but not their ideas about race.
(b) Black women were always seen as a threat to the movement.
(c) Sometimes their ideas inspired new understanding and growth in the movement.
(d) Some white feminists rejected their ideas but most did not.

13. In the Preface to the second edition (2000), how does the author characterize the later reception of her work?
(a) The people who first rejected the book came to regard the author's innovations as necessary and valuable.
(b) Many people embrace her ideas but do not give her any credit for them.
(c) Male academics find the work too exclusive.
(d) Women of color still feel that the author does not address their concerns.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. In the Preface (2000), what examples does the author give of the problematic status of women in contemporary society?

3. "The problem that has no name" is a quotation by which author?

4. How does the author describe feminism in the U.S.?

5. For the author, what is a better way to arrive at a definition of sisterhood?

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