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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. 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 disagrees strongly with this definition of feminism because it sustains the current patriarchal system.
(c) She believes that it is the only way fro women to gain credibility and power in society.
(d) She refrains from commenting because she doesn't want to appear judgmental.

4. 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) High poverty, high divorce rates, lack of state assistance.
(c) High divorce rates, low job benefits, no enough day care.
(d) Low job benefits, high poverty, high divorce rates.

5. What assertion does the author make (once again) about who benefits from the current feminist movement?
(a) She states that white middle class women stand to benefit more than anyone else.
(b) Only women will benefit from the movement.
(c) Children will benefit, but not the current generation.
(d) It can, and will, benefit people of both genders and all ages.

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

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

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

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

10. The author cites Lillian Hellman's autobiography as an example of what kind of phenomenon?
(a) White women being afraid to tell their domestic servants what to do.
(b) An rare example of working class writing.
(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.

11. What did she notice about white female students at the time?
(a) They were at college in order to find husbands.
(b) They were afraid to look at each other in class.
(c) They were not very smart.
(d) They were very excited about creating community and being together.

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

13. 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) Liberal and conservative.
(d) Intellectual and illiterate.

14. Who has portrayed the relationship between feminism and the family in this way? (See question # 61)
(a) Outsiders to the movement and sometimes feminists in the movement who want to create women-only communities.
(b) Most feminists hold this view.
(c) The child protective services.
(d) All men.

15. In the Preface to the first edition (1984), what general theme does the author present?
(a) Her ideas about high school education for girls.
(b) The central theory of her work.
(c) A history of the feminist movement.
(d) Her mother's life story.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which elements define the ideal family for the author?

2. According to the author, how are joint analyses of race, class, and gender seen today?

3. What would this change in language suggest?

4. What name did early feminists use to describe radical, or revolutionary, feminists?

5. According to the author, who originally defined "sisterhood" in the feminist movement?

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