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Multiple Choice Questions

1. In Chapter 1, the author states that feminist theory and the feminist movement were originally shaped by which type of people?
(a) Middle-class white women.
(b) Expatriates living abroad.
(c) Middle-class women.
(d) Working-class women.

2. How does the author propose to prioritize the struggles against various forms of prejudice?
(a) Feminists should look to their community leaders for guidance on how to prioritize their actions against different forms of prejudice.
(b) People should prioritize whatever prejudice is most relevant to their lives.
(c) Feminists should focus on gender issues first and then address problems like classism.
(d) She does not think that prejudices can be prioritized one over the other.

3. How does the author view women's desires and attempts to be like white men?
(a) She disagrees strongly with this definition of feminism because it sustains the current patriarchal system.
(b) She believes that it is the only way fro women to gain credibility and power in society.
(c) She refrains from commenting because she doesn't want to appear judgmental.
(d) She thinks that it is acceptable for white women but not for black women.

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

5. 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 Howard in the 1970s.
(d) At Brown in the early 1980s.

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

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

8. Were there ever alternate reactions to black women's efforts to participate in the early feminist movement, and if so what were they?
(a) Black feminists' ideas about class were accepted, but not their ideas about race.
(b) Black women were always seen as a threat to the movement.
(c) Sometimes their ideas inspired new understanding and growth in the movement.
(d) Some white feminists rejected their ideas but most did not.

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

10. In Chapter Four, what does the author give as the broad definition of "sisterhood" from the early feminist movement?
(a) Unity between women.
(b) Unity between working women.
(c) Women who share the same parents.
(d) Common religion among women.

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

12. 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 major battle between the forces of peace and of domination.
(d) To a world where sexism is kept at a minimum.

13. How does the author describe feminism in the U.S.?
(a) As a separatist movement.
(b) As a collective Marxist movement.
(c) As a radical revolution.
(d) As a bourgeois ideology based on liberal individualism.

14. For the author, what is a better way to arrive at a definition of sisterhood?
(a) By finding out which men are truly oppressive.
(b) Through sustained debate.
(c) Through solidarity in the face of all forms of oppression.
(d) The movement does not need a definition of sisterhood.

15. 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 transform the family in very positive ways.
(c) It can help maintain the traditional structure of the Western family.
(d) It can undermine family stability.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the social and racial dynamic described by the author at the beginning of the Preface to the first edition of the book?

2. How are black and white men the same in the author's view?

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. What assertion does the author make (once again) about who benefits from the current feminist movement?

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

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