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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What major difference between white and black men does the author point out?
(a) Black men did not trust women who worked outside the home.
(b) White men were not as threatened by strong women functioning outside traditional gender roles.
(c) Black men were not as threatened by strong women functioning outside traditional gender roles.
(d) White men encouraged women to go to work whereas black men did not.

2. 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.

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

4. What does the author say about the statement: "I am a feminist"?
(a) She worries that it is not forceful enough.
(b) This statement allows women to feel more empowered and gain more respect.
(c) She says it may imply a rigid us vs. them mentality or belief system.
(d) She does not think that women want to back up the statement with actions.

5. In Chapter 2, what are the author's thoughts on a universally accepted definition of feminism?
(a) She thinks that the current definition is already adequate and people should focus on more important matters.s
(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 says that it continues to be difficult to find a universally accepted definition.

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

7. In the title of Chapter Five, what term is used to describe men's relationship to the feminist movement.
(a) The oppressor.
(b) Friends of the cause.
(c) Comrades in struggle.
(d) Enemy number one.

8. 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.

9. How does the author characterize the aims of the feminist movement in relationship to other movements?
(a) Feminists should stay focused on their own goals and not look to other movements.
(b) The feminist movements aims and intentions are interwoven with those struggling against classism, racism, heterosexism, and other forms of oppression..
(c) There is a relationship between feminism and the struggle against ageism, but that is all.
(d) The aims and goals of the feminist movement are really separate from other movements.

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

11. 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.

12. 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 women should be silent.
(c) That to be female is to be important.
(d) That to be a woman is easier than being a man.

13. The author opens the Preface to the first edition of the book with a description of which group and its experiences in life?
(a) White upper class American women.
(b) White French feminists.
(c) Black Americans living in a small town in Kentucky.
(d) Upper class black professionals.

14. Were there ever alternate reactions to black women's efforts to participate in the early feminist movement, and if so what were they?
(a) Sometimes their ideas inspired new understanding and growth in the movement.
(b) Black women were always seen as a threat to the movement.
(c) Some white feminists rejected their ideas but most did not.
(d) Black feminists' ideas about class were accepted, but not their ideas about race.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What was the shared feeling that helped define sisterhood in the early years of the movement, according to the author?

2. What are some of the biggest challenges to sisterhood?

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

4. In general, the title of Chapter 1, "Black Women - Shaping Feminist Theory," relates to which of the following ideas?

5. Why does the author spend time talking about the relationship between feminism and the family?

(see the answer keys)

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