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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. "The problem that has no name" is a quotation by which author?
(a) Leah Fritz.
(b) Betty Friedan.
(c) Rita Mae Brown.
(d) Bell hooks.

3. What question does the author raise about the desire for equality with men?
(a) How come more women don not see the value in imitating male models of power?
(b) When will men decide to share their power?
(c) Why do women want equality with men?
(d) There are degrees of "equality" within the male gender, so with which men are women supposed to want equality?

4. In the Preface to the second edition, what is the first factor considered by black parents when a child is born, according to the author?
(a) Gender, then race.
(b) Race, then size.
(c) Race, then gender.
(d) Gender, then size.

5. What is the awareness about sexual oppression that the author advocates?
(a) Sexual oppression damages everyone and ending it will benefit everyone.
(b) Sexual oppression is here to stay.
(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, how did early feminists see gender?
(a) As less important than race.
(b) As the sole determinant of a woman's fate.
(c) As less important than class.
(d) As a form of empowerment.

7. 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) The author does not discuss race until the end of the Preface.
(c) Upward mobility: Blacks strove to imitate whites and climb the social ladder.
(d) Desegregation: Blacks were finally able to go wherever they wanted.

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

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

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

11. 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 projecting mythical power and strength on black women while presenting themselves as powerless.
(c) An early white feminist who listened to women of color.
(d) White women being afraid to tell their domestic servants what to do.

12. The phrase "the problem that has no name" refers to which of the following issues?
(a) Hating one's family.
(b) Women's fears of aging.
(c) The psychological malaise of all women in American society due to gender roles.
(d) Women and schizophrenia.

13. What are some of the biggest challenges to sisterhood?
(a) Racism, classism, sexism, and heterosexism.
(b) Unfair business practices.
(c) There used to be challenges but they have lessened.
(d) Global warming, politics, and religion.

14. The phrase "suffering cannot be measured and compared quantitatively" comes from which of the following authors?
(a) Benjamin Barber.
(b) Leah Fritz.
(c) Rita Mae Brown.
(d) Betty Friedan.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Overall, what does the author think about the effects of the feminist movement?

2. What is the primary "point of contact" between the oppressor and the oppressed?

3. How does the author view the concept of personal freedom?

4. Who must be retrained in order for the feminist movement to be successful?

5. In Chapter 2, what are the author's thoughts on a universally accepted definition of feminism?

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