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Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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.

2. In the Preface to the second edition (2000), how does the author characterize the later reception of her work?
(a) Many people embrace her ideas but do not give her any credit for them.
(b) Women of color still feel that the author does not address their concerns.
(c) Male academics find the work too exclusive.
(d) The people who first rejected the book came to regard the author's innovations as necessary and valuable.

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

4. What name did early feminists use to describe radical, or revolutionary, feminists?
(a) Sisters.
(b) Traitors.
(c) Naive.
(d) Spoilers.

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

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

7. How does the author feel about defining feminism as enabling total personal freedom?
(a) She sees it as very limiting for women since it is a male-defined model.
(b) She finds the definition to vague.
(c) She thinks it is immoral.
(d) She sees this as the most favorable definition of feminism.

8. What general statement does the author make about men that may seem to contradict her other claims?
(a) Men are no longer sexist.
(b) Most men are unable to truly support feminism.
(c) Sexism is not perpetuated by educated men.
(d) All men support and perpetuate sexism and sexist oppression in one form or another.

9. What were black women mostly encouraged to talk about in the early days of the feminist movement.
(a) Race, class. and gender.
(b) Feminist theory.
(c) Class and privilege.
(d) Race.

10. In the Preface (2000), what examples does the author give of the problematic status of women in contemporary society?
(a) High poverty, low status of single mothers, lack of state assistance and health care.
(b) High poverty, high divorce rates, lack of state assistance.
(c) Low job benefits, high poverty, high divorce rates.
(d) High divorce rates, low job benefits, no enough day care.

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 rare example of working class writing.
(c) An early white feminist who listened to women of color.
(d) White women projecting mythical power and strength on black women while presenting themselves as powerless.

12. Why does the author believe that it is important to define feminism from within the movement?
(a) Because it fosters pride among feminists.
(b) It makes feminists appear more organized.
(c) Because it helps to combat negative stereotypes placed on it from without, and it can create growth within the movement.
(d) It provides direction for newcomers to the movement.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. The author opens the Preface to the first edition of the book with a description of which group and its experiences in life?

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

3. What does it ultimately mean for the author when women behave like white men?

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

5. What potential effect can feminism have on the family, in the author's view?

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