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Multiple Choice Questions

1. In Chapter 3, "The Significance of Feminist Movement," the author discusses which of the following themes?
(a) The potential social and political benefits of the feminist movement.
(b) The effects of feminism on foreign policy.
(c) The major shortcomings of the feminist movement.
(d) Famous personalities within the feminist movement.

2. In the Preface to the first edition (1984), which two key terms in her analysis does the author introduce?
(a) Margin and center.
(b) Inside and outside.
(c) Intellectual and illiterate.
(d) Liberal and conservative.

3. 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 does not think that women want to back up the statement with actions.
(c) She worries that it is not forceful enough.
(d) She says it may imply a rigid us vs. them mentality or belief system.

4. What does it ultimately mean for the author when women behave like white men?
(a) It means that these women are creating a more successful life.
(b) It means that there are more white men, i.e. there is no new definition of humanity.
(c) It's an important sign of the sexual revolution.
(d) It means that they are traitors to their gender.

5. The phrase "the problem that has no name" refers to which of the following issues?
(a) Women's fears of aging.
(b) Women and schizophrenia.
(c) The psychological malaise of all women in American society due to gender roles.
(d) Hating one's family.

6. When and where did the author enroll in her first women's studies class?
(a) At Howard in the 1970s.
(b) At Stanford in the 1970s.
(c) At Brown in the early 1980s.
(d) At UCLA in the late 1960s.

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

8. "The problem that has no name" is a quotation by which author?
(a) Bell hooks.
(b) Rita Mae Brown.
(c) Leah Fritz.
(d) Betty Friedan.

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

10. In the title of Chapter Five, what term is used to describe men's relationship to the feminist movement.
(a) Enemy number one.
(b) Friends of the cause.
(c) The oppressor.
(d) Comrades in struggle.

11. The author expresses how feminism reacts to "a political system of imperialist, white supremacist, capitalist patriarchy;" how does she view the state of our society today?
(a) In spite of the social advances of the last few decades, this system is still entrenched; therefore, feminist work is still relevant.
(b) No advances have been made despite the best efforts of the movement.
(c) Feminism has completely transformed the system at all levels.
(d) Our contemporary society has made race irrelevant.

12. Why does the author spend time talking about the relationship between feminism and the family?
(a) She is determined to promote the traditional family structure.
(b) She is tired of being accused of ignoring this important issue.
(c) She believes that it will help attract more men to the movement.
(d) She wants to dispel anti-family myths and propose a definition of feminism from within that takes the family unit as the foundation of a compassionate society.

13. How are black and white men the same in the author's view?
(a) They both do not want women to be strong and assertive.
(b) They both stand to lose power as a result of feminism.
(c) They are not the same in the author's view.
(d) They are both capable of sexual oppression and violence against women, whether sexual or non-sexual.

14. What change to the language expressing involvement in feminism does the author advocate?
(a) Change "I am a feminist" to "I support the feminist movement."
(b) Change "I advocate feminism" to "I am a feminist."
(c) Change "I am a feminist" to "I advocate feminism."
(d) Change "I advocate feminism" to "I support the feminist movement."

15. 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.

Short Answer Questions

1. Overall, what does the author think about the effects of the feminist movement?

2. How does the author describe the family in "Western society"?

3. In the Preface to the second edition (2000), how does the author describe the original reception of her book?

4. What general statement does the author make about men that may seem to contradict her other claims?

5. What do feminists need to consider when examining their beliefs about men?

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