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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is the definition of feminism proposed by the author?
(a) Everyone should develop her own definition of feminism.
(b) Feminism should be understood as total personal freedom for everyone.
(c) The struggle to end sexist oppression in all its forms, whether economic, political, social, or sexual.
(d) Feminism must be defined as community before anything else.

2. 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 accepted by mainstream feminism as common practice.
(d) They are still rejected by mainstream feminists as too radical.

3. 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) It provides direction for newcomers to the movement.
(d) Because it helps to combat negative stereotypes placed on it from without, and it can create growth within the movement.

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

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

6. How does the author describe the family in "Western society"?
(a) The Western family is based on nurturing and equality.
(b) Television has destroyed family relationships.
(c) For centuries it has been dominated by a sexist, patriarchal, authoritarian model.
(d) It is no longer the primary social unit.

7. According to the author, what does society often teach women about what it means to be a woman?
(a) That to be a woman is easier than being a man.
(b) That to be female is to be important.
(c) That to be female is to be a victim.
(d) That women should be silent.

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

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

10. How does the author describe Betty Friedan in Chapter 1?
(a) As the author of a seminal feminist work whose theories have a white, middle-class bias.
(b) As a major proponent of integration within the feminist movement.
(c) As a marginal woman who rose to prominence.
(d) As a creative genius who was misunderstood.

11. What did these early feminists forget to take into account in their beliefs about men?
(a) Differences in race and class.
(b) Differences in religion and age.
(c) Whether men were married or single.
(d) Differences in age and profession.

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

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

14. 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.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What major difference between white and black men does the author point out?

2. How does the author describe feminism in the U.S.?

3. What would this change in language suggest?

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

5. The phrase "the problem that has no name" refers to which of the following issues?

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