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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What would this change in language suggest?
(a) It would be active rather than passive.
(b) It would suggest belief and participation in social action for change, rather than a confrontational approach.
(c) It would make the idea of belonging to a movement more visible.
(d) It would affirm personal identity.

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

3. Why does the author spend time talking about the relationship between feminism and the family?
(a) She believes that it will help attract more men to the movement.
(b) She is determined to promote the traditional family structure.
(c) She wants to dispel anti-family myths and propose a definition of feminism from within that takes the family unit as the foundation of a compassionate society.
(d) She is tired of being accused of ignoring this important issue.

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

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

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

7. At the end of the Preface to the second edition, where does the author maintain that a feminist path will lead us?
(a) To a world where sexism is kept at a minimum.
(b) To a world of peace, freedom, and justice, without sexism or domination.
(c) To a major battle between the forces of peace and of domination.
(d) To a world where women have equality with men.

8. When and where did the author enroll in her first women's studies class?
(a) At UCLA in the late 1960s.
(b) At Stanford in the 1970s.
(c) At Brown in the early 1980s.
(d) At Howard in the 1970s.

9. 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 French feminists.
(c) White upper class American women.
(d) Upper class black professionals.

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

11. According to the author, how has the relationship between feminism and the family often been portrayed?
(a) Feminism has often been portrayed as anti-family and pro-freedom.
(b) Feminism is often perceived as pro-family.
(c) Feminism does not seem to address this issue very clearly.
(d) The family is accepted as a necessary evil.

12. Overall, what does the author think about the effects of the feminist movement?
(a) It has created amazing changes in the lives of girls and boys, and women and men.
(b) The movement has had positive effects, but mostly in the academic world.
(c) It has not done enough to reach out to both genders.
(d) The feminist movement has not changed the educational landscape.

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

14. According to the author, challenges to to sisterhood can exist between white women and women of color; between which other groups does she say that they can exist?
(a) Between different groups of non-white women, women of different classes and/or races/ethnicities, and women of different sexual orientations.
(b) Challenges to sisterhood do not really occur between other groups of women.
(c) Between women from different universities.
(d) Only between women from different social classes.

15. Which definition of feminism does not work, according to the author?
(a) A definition that revolves around equal rights for all people.
(b) One that is grounded in the desire for equality with men.
(c) A definition that completely rejects patriarchy.
(d) One that looks for new definitions of equality.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does the author view women's desires and attempts to be like white men?

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

3. As stated in the 1984 Preface, what is the primary weakness of feminist theory that the author promises to address in her book?

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

5. In the author's view, is it valid to define feminism in terms of creating a sense of community?

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