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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. What major difference between white and black men does the author point out?
(a) Black men did not trust women who worked outside the home.
(b) Black men were not as threatened by strong women functioning outside traditional gender roles.
(c) White men were not as threatened by strong women functioning outside traditional gender roles.
(d) White men encouraged women to go to work whereas black men did not.

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

5. Who has portrayed the relationship between feminism and the family in this way? (See question # 61)
(a) Most feminists hold this view.
(b) Outsiders to the movement and sometimes feminists in the movement who want to create women-only communities.
(c) The child protective services.
(d) All men.

6. Why does the author spend time talking about the relationship between feminism and the family?
(a) She believes that it will help attract more men to the movement.
(b) She is determined to promote the traditional family structure.
(c) She is tired of being accused of ignoring this important issue.
(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.

7. How does the author characterize the aims of the feminist movement in relationship to other movements?
(a) Feminists should stay focused on their own goals and not look to other movements.
(b) The aims and goals of the feminist movement are really separate from other movements.
(c) The feminist movements aims and intentions are interwoven with those struggling against classism, racism, heterosexism, and other forms of oppression..
(d) There is a relationship between feminism and the struggle against ageism, but that is all.

8. 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 reach out to younger women.
(c) Feminist theory is too focused on economics.
(d) Feminist theory does not propose concrete solutions for women's empowerment.

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

10. How does the author support her claims about the reception of black women's efforts in the early feminist movement?
(a) She presents a series of interviews that she conducted.
(b) She presents statistical research.
(c) She does not support her claims with evidence.
(d) She cites anecdotal evidence based on personal experience.

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

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

13. Who must be retrained in order for the feminist movement to be successful?
(a) Men.
(b) White upper class men.
(c) Men and women.
(d) Teachers.

14. What can happen to women in light of the social views about their gender?
(a) There is no proof that social attitudes affect individual choices.
(b) Nothing happens to women; they are not influenced by social attitudes.
(c) Women can absorb these views and manifest them in their lives in negative ways.
(d) Women can simply imitate men and these views will not affect them.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. The author states that most women would like to be like ________________.

2. What change to the language expressing involvement in feminism does the author advocate?

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

4. According to the author, in Chapter 1, "Black Women - Shaping Feminist Theory," what were black feminists initially trying to do in the feminist movement?

5. For the author, what is a better way to arrive at a definition of sisterhood?

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