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Multiple Choice Questions

1. In the author's view, is it valid to define feminism in terms of creating a sense of community?
(a) She claims that non-white, lower class women, who already have a strong sense of community may not find this definition adequate.
(b) The definition is too vague to be useful.
(c) Yes, this should be part of the universal definition of feminism.
(d) Community is something that all women lack so it is way to define feminism.

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

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

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

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

6. How does the author see feminism and the family?
(a) She believes that the traditional family structure is fine the way it is and feminists should not try to change it.
(b) She thinks feminists that reject the family completely are justified in doing so.
(c) Her definition of feminism is one that is pro-family.
(d) She feels ambivalent about the relationship between the two.

7. How has the author's own perception of her book held up?
(a) She comments that the book's theories are still sound, still relevant, and easily understandable by contemporary readers from all walks of life.
(b) She believes that her ideas are too radical.
(c) She feels that a lot of her theories are now outdated.
(d) The theories in the book do not have a mass appeal.

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

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

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

11. For the author, what is the relationship between traditional beliefs about the family and society at large?
(a) Traditional beliefs about the family and the relationships within it are grounded in ll the other forms of discrimination at work in American society.
(b) She does not see any relationship between the two.
(c) She thinks that the family is a haven from society.
(d) She credits changes in society with destroying the traditional family structure.

12. 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) Race, then size.
(b) Gender, then race.
(c) Gender, then size.
(d) Race, then gender.

13. What did she notice about white female students at the time?
(a) They were at college in order to find husbands.
(b) They were very excited about creating community and being together.
(c) They were afraid to look at each other in class.
(d) They were not very smart.

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

15. 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 of peace, freedom, and justice, without sexism or domination.
(b) To a world where women have equality with men.
(c) To a world where sexism is kept at a minimum.
(d) To a major battle between the forces of peace and of domination.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. For the author, what perspective really changed the direction of feminist thought?

3. How does the author support her claims about the reception of black women's efforts in the early feminist movement?

4. According to the author, how are joint analyses of race, class, and gender seen today?

5. When and where did the author enroll in her first women's studies class?

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