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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. In the Preface to the second edition (2000), how does the author describe the original reception of her book?
(a) It was embraced by all feminists for its thought-provoking content.
(b) It started a riot.
(c) It was rejected by mainstream feminists.
(d) Women of color claimed it focused mostly on white women so they rejected it.

4. What belief about men did early feminists act out, according to the author.
(a) The belief that men were unimportant.
(b) The belief that men were role models.
(c) The belief that all men were the enemy.
(d) The belief that men were like children.

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

6. In general, the title of Chapter 1, "Black Women - Shaping Feminist Theory," relates to which of the following ideas?
(a) Black women are important in shaping the feminist movement and broadening the previously limited perspectives in feminism.
(b) Black women can create their own feminist theory; they do not need to participate in the broader movement.
(c) Black women's lives can serve as raw material for white women when they create feminist theory.
(d) It doesn't relate to any of the aforementioned ideas.

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

8. What potential effect can feminism have on the family, in the author's view?
(a) It can transform the family in very positive ways.
(b) It can draw attention away from the family towards more important things.
(c) It can undermine family stability.
(d) It can help maintain the traditional structure of the Western family.

9. How were black women's efforts received by white feminists?
(a) They were seen as disorganized.
(b) They were mostly met with resentment and derision.
(c) They were completely ignored.
(d) They were openly embraced.

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

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

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

13. For the author, what perspective really changed the direction of feminist thought?
(a) Accepting men into the movement.
(b) Looking back at women's history.
(c) Looking at the interlocking nature of race, class, and gender.
(d) Creating women's studies departments in universities.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. According to the author, how has the relationship between feminism and the family often been portrayed?

2. The author cites Lillian Hellman's autobiography as an example of what kind of phenomenon?

3. In Chapter 1, the author states that feminist theory and the feminist movement were originally shaped by which type of people?

4. How does the author see feminism and the family?

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

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