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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. From which position (or perspective) does the author claim to write in her analysis of feminism and its social manifestations?
(a) From a religious perspective.
(b) From a foreign perspective.
(c) From the margins.
(d) From an elite position.

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

4. According to the author, who originally defined "sisterhood" in the feminist movement?
(a) University professors.
(b) Young female college students in sociology classes.
(c) The middle class white women at the forefront of the movement.
(d) Working class women.

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

6. Which definition of feminism does not work, according to the author?
(a) A definition that completely rejects patriarchy.
(b) A definition that revolves around equal rights for all people.
(c) One that is grounded in the desire for equality with men.
(d) One that looks for new definitions of equality.

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

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

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

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

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

12. According to the author, how did early feminists see gender?
(a) As less important than class.
(b) As the sole determinant of a woman's fate.
(c) As a form of empowerment.
(d) As less important than race.

13. According to the author, challenges to to sisterhood can exist between white women and women of color; between which other groups does she say that they can exist?
(a) Between different groups of non-white women, women of different classes and/or races/ethnicities, and women of different sexual orientations.
(b) Challenges to sisterhood do not really occur between other groups of women.
(c) Only between women from different social classes.
(d) Between women from different universities.

14. What is the awareness about sexual oppression that the author advocates?
(a) Sexual oppression is here to stay.
(b) Sexual oppression is derived from poor self-esteem.
(c) Sexual oppression damages everyone and ending it will benefit everyone.
(d) Men are not effected by sexual oppression but they should support ending it.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How does the author describe Betty Friedan in Chapter 1?

2. In Chapter 1, what key term does the author use to talk about the "racial politic" in the U.S.?

3. What did she notice about white female students at the time?

4. In the first chapter, how does the author characterize the perspective of the women involved in the early feminist movement?

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

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