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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. In Chapter 2, what are the author's thoughts on a universally accepted definition of feminism?
(a) She does not see the relevance in trying to find a universally accepted definition.
(b) She thinks that the current definition is already adequate and people should focus on more important matters.s
(c) She says that it continues to be difficult to find a universally accepted definition.
(d) She doesn't understand why it is so difficult for people to agree on a universal definition..

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

8. 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 mostly practiced by black intellectuals.
(c) They are still rejected by mainstream feminists as too radical.
(d) They are exclusively embraced in university settings.

9. In the Preface to the first edition (1984), which two key terms in her analysis does the author introduce?
(a) Liberal and conservative.
(b) Inside and outside.
(c) Intellectual and illiterate.
(d) Margin and center.

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

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

12. For the author, what must happen to feminism in order for it to have "a revolutionary, transformative impact on society"?
(a) People involved in feminism must reject the popular media.
(b) Feminism must exclude men from the movement.
(c) Feminism must become a mass-based political movement.
(d) Feminism must become more intellectual.

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

14. What does it ultimately mean for the author when women behave like white men?
(a) It means that these women are creating a more successful life.
(b) It means that they are traitors to their gender.
(c) It means that there are more white men, i.e. there is no new definition of humanity.
(d) It's an important sign of the sexual revolution.

15. What is the author's contention about the feelings that defined sisterhood?
(a) She thinks they have a lot to do with insecurity around men.
(b) Actually, she does not see anything wrong with them.
(c) She finds them to be unjustified.
(d) She suggests that they support sexist, patriarchal attitudes towards women.

Short Answer Questions

1. In the title of Chapter Five, what term is used to describe men's relationship to the feminist movement.

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

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

4. How does the author describe Betty Friedan in Chapter 1?

5. According to the author, how did early feminists see gender?

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