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Multiple Choice Questions

1. In the first chapter, how does the author characterize the perspective of the women involved in the early feminist movement?
(a) They thought working women were not true feminists.
(b) They were overly concerned with saving poor women.
(c) Their perspective is difficult to pin down since they were from many different social backgrounds.
(d) They saw all women as oppressed but had no real awareness of the life of a non-white, non-middle class women.

2. The author expresses how feminism reacts to "a political system of imperialist, white supremacist, capitalist patriarchy;" how does she view the state of our society today?
(a) Feminism has completely transformed the system at all levels.
(b) No advances have been made despite the best efforts of the movement.
(c) In spite of the social advances of the last few decades, this system is still entrenched; therefore, feminist work is still relevant.
(d) Our contemporary society has made race irrelevant.

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

4. Which elements define the ideal family for the author?
(a) Unity, modesty, and communication.
(b) Order, unity, respect, and fairness.
(c) Support, respect, unity and community.
(d) Order, respect, and privacy.

5. In the author's view, what three things most determine a woman's destiny?
(a) Gender, race, and class.
(b) Her alma mater, her first job, and who she marries.
(c) Her race, her gender, and who she marries.
(d) Who she marries, her appearance, and her family name.

6. The author states that most women would like to be like ________________.
(a) their mentors.
(b) their best friends.
(c) white men.
(d) their mothers.

7. What was the author's initial experience in women's groups?
(a) White women did not treat women of color as equals.
(b) Everyone was really open-minded.
(c) She found solidarity with women from very different backgrounds.
(d) No one would look at her.

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

9. According to the author, how did early feminists see gender?
(a) As less important than race.
(b) As a form of empowerment.
(c) As less important than class.
(d) As the sole determinant of a woman's fate.

10. What is the awareness about sexual oppression that the author advocates?
(a) Men are not effected by sexual oppression but they should support ending it.
(b) Sexual oppression is here to stay.
(c) Sexual oppression damages everyone and ending it will benefit everyone.
(d) Sexual oppression is derived from poor self-esteem.

11. 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 disagrees strongly with this definition of feminism because it sustains the current patriarchal system.
(d) She believes that it is the only way fro women to gain credibility and power in society.

12. 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 was embraced by all feminists for its thought-provoking content.
(c) It started a riot.
(d) It was rejected by mainstream feminists.

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

14. What must be learned in order for the feminist movement to be successful?
(a) Women must learn to compete with men in the workforce.
(b) Everyone must learn to not accept and/or live according to traditional sexist attitudes.
(c) Men must learn non-violence.
(d) Working class and non-white men must learn to reject capitalist patriarchy.

15. In Chapter 1, the author states that feminist theory and the feminist movement were originally shaped by which type of people?
(a) Middle-class women.
(b) Expatriates living abroad.
(c) Middle-class white women.
(d) Working-class women.

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. From which position (or perspective) does the author claim to write in her analysis of feminism and its social manifestations?

3. What can happen to women in light of the social views about their gender?

4. According to the author, what does society often teach women about what it means to be a woman?

5. 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?

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