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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. From which position (or perspective) does the author claim to write in her analysis of feminism and its social manifestations?
(a) From an elite position.
(b) From the margins.
(c) From a foreign perspective.
(d) From a religious perspective.

3. Based on your understanding of the two Prefaces, who does the author wish to reach with her work?
(a) As wide and diverse of an audience as possible.
(b) Mainly people who are brand new to feminism.
(c) Men.
(d) Women of color.

4. According to the author, who originally defined "sisterhood" in the feminist movement?
(a) University professors.
(b) Young female college students in sociology classes.
(c) The middle class white women at the forefront of the movement.
(d) Working class women.

5. As stated in the 1984 Preface, what is the primary weakness of feminist theory that the author promises to address in her book?
(a) Feminist theory does not reach out to younger women.
(b) Feminist theory does not propose concrete solutions for women's empowerment.
(c) Feminist theory is too focused on economics.
(d) It has been developed and presented from the perspective of women with more societal power and privilege.

6. At the end of the Preface (2000), what does the author say regarding "patriarchal mass media" and feminism?
(a) It creates low self-esteem in feminists.
(b) It completely ignores feminism and feminists.
(c) It trashes feminism or tells the public it is a dead movement.
(d) It appropriates feminist language for its own uses.

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

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

9. How does the author support her claims about the reception of black women's efforts in the early feminist movement?
(a) She cites anecdotal evidence based on personal experience.
(b) She presents statistical research.
(c) She does not support her claims with evidence.
(d) She presents a series of interviews that she conducted.

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

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

12. 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 feels ambivalent about the relationship between the two.
(c) Her definition of feminism is one that is pro-family.
(d) She thinks feminists that reject the family completely are justified in doing so.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What belief about men did early feminists act out, according to the author.

2. In the Preface to the first edition (1984), which two key terms in her analysis does the author introduce?

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

4. How does the author propose to prioritize the struggles against various forms of prejudice?

5. Which elements define the ideal family for the author?

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