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Multiple Choice Questions

1. In general, the title of Chapter 1, "Black Women - Shaping Feminist Theory," relates to which of the following ideas?
(a) Black women are important in shaping the feminist movement and broadening the previously limited perspectives in feminism.
(b) It doesn't relate to any of the aforementioned ideas.
(c) Black women can create their own feminist theory; they do not need to participate in the broader movement.
(d) Black women's lives can serve as raw material for white women when they create feminist theory.

2. What question does the author raise about the desire for equality with men?
(a) Why do women want equality with men?
(b) There are degrees of "equality" within the male gender, so with which men are women supposed to want equality?
(c) How come more women don not see the value in imitating male models of power?
(d) When will men decide to share their power?

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

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

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

6. For the author, what perspective really changed the direction of feminist thought?
(a) Accepting men into the movement.
(b) Creating women's studies departments in universities.
(c) Looking back at women's history.
(d) Looking at the interlocking nature of race, class, and gender.

7. In the Preface to the second edition, what is the first factor considered by black parents when a child is born, according to the author?
(a) Race, then size.
(b) Gender, then size.
(c) Race, then gender.
(d) Gender, then race.

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

9. What is the primary "point of contact" between the oppressor and the oppressed?
(a) Marriage.
(b) There is very little actual contact.
(c) The work environment.
(d) Absence of choices.

10. How does the author characterize black women's future role in the feminist movement?
(a) She describes their future role along the lines of a hostile takeover.
(b) She believes that they will no longer need feminism.
(c) She thinks that they would be better off starting their own movement.
(d) She believes that black women have an important role to play in deepening and broadening the movement.

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

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

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

14. What are some of the biggest challenges to sisterhood?
(a) Unfair business practices.
(b) Global warming, politics, and religion.
(c) There used to be challenges but they have lessened.
(d) Racism, classism, sexism, and heterosexism.

15. For the author, what is the relationship between traditional beliefs about the family and society at large?
(a) She does not see any relationship between the two.
(b) Traditional beliefs about the family and the relationships within it are grounded in ll the other forms of discrimination at work in American society.
(c) She credits changes in society with destroying the traditional family structure.
(d) She thinks that the family is a haven from society.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to the author, how did early feminists see gender?

2. In the Preface to the second edition (2000), how does the author characterize the later reception of her work?

3. Were there ever alternate reactions to black women's efforts to participate in the early feminist movement, and if so what were they?

4. What is the definition of feminism proposed by the author?

5. What was the shared feeling that helped define sisterhood in the early years of the movement, according to the author?

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