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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What potential effect can feminism have on the family, in the author's view?
(a) It can undermine family stability.
(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 draw attention away from the family towards more important things.

2. 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.

3. The author opens the Preface to the first edition of the book with a description of which group and its experiences in life?
(a) White upper class American women.
(b) Black Americans living in a small town in Kentucky.
(c) Upper class black professionals.
(d) White French feminists.

4. 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.

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

6. In the Preface to the second edition (2000), how does the author describe the original reception of her book?
(a) It started a riot.
(b) It was rejected by mainstream feminists.
(c) It was embraced by all feminists for its thought-provoking content.
(d) Women of color claimed it focused mostly on white women so they rejected it.

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

8. Overall, what does the author think about the effects of the feminist movement?
(a) It has created amazing changes in the lives of girls and boys, and women and men.
(b) The movement has had positive effects, but mostly in the academic world.
(c) The feminist movement has not changed the educational landscape.
(d) It has not done enough to reach out to both genders.

9. What was the author's initial experience in women's groups?
(a) Everyone was really open-minded.
(b) White women did not treat women of color as equals.
(c) No one would look at her.
(d) She found solidarity with women from very different backgrounds.

10. 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) The people who first rejected the book came to regard the author's innovations as necessary and valuable.
(c) Male academics find the work too exclusive.
(d) Women of color still feel that the author does not address their concerns.

11. How does the author view the concept of personal freedom?
(a) It is grounded in preserving the patriarchal, capitalist, individualist status quo.
(b) It promises to be an idea around which the feminist movement can rally.
(c) It runs the risk of promoting sexual infidelity.
(d) It is an honorable and uplifting concept.

12. For the author, what must happen to feminism in order for it to have "a revolutionary, transformative impact on society"?
(a) People involved in feminism must reject the popular media.
(b) Feminism must exclude men from the movement.
(c) Feminism must become more intellectual.
(d) Feminism must become a mass-based political movement.

13. In Chapter 2, what are the author's thoughts on a universally accepted definition of feminism?
(a) She says that it continues to be difficult to find a universally accepted definition.
(b) She doesn't understand why it is so difficult for people to agree on a universal definition..
(c) She thinks that the current definition is already adequate and people should focus on more important matters.s
(d) She does not see the relevance in trying to find a universally accepted definition.

14. 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.

15. According to the author's Preface (2000), where is visionary feminist discourse increasingly talked about?
(a) In university sororities.
(b) Inside factories and in union meeting halls.
(c) In the corridors of the educated elite.
(d) In beauty parlors.

Short Answer Questions

1. "The problem that has no name" is a quotation by which author?

2. In the author's view, is it valid to define feminism in terms of creating a sense of community?

3. According to the author, how are joint analyses of race, class, and gender seen today?

4. In Chapter 1, the author states that feminist theory and the feminist movement were originally shaped by which type of people?

5. How were black women's efforts received by white feminists?

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