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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. According to the author, in Chapter 1, "Black Women - Shaping Feminist Theory," what were black feminists initially trying to do in the feminist movement?
(a) To expand the basis of feminist thought.
(b) To get more work.
(c) Make new friends.
(d) Be more like white feminists.

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

4. How does the author describe Betty Friedan in Chapter 1?
(a) As a marginal woman who rose to prominence.
(b) As the author of a seminal feminist work whose theories have a white, middle-class bias.
(c) As a creative genius who was misunderstood.
(d) As a major proponent of integration within the feminist movement.

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

6. In the author's view, is it valid to define feminism in terms of creating a sense of community?
(a) She claims that non-white, lower class women, who already have a strong sense of community may not find this definition adequate.
(b) Yes, this should be part of the universal definition of feminism.
(c) Community is something that all women lack so it is way to define feminism.
(d) The definition is too vague to be useful.

7. What were black women mostly encouraged to talk about in the early days of the feminist movement.
(a) Feminist theory.
(b) Race.
(c) Race, class. and gender.
(d) Class and privilege.

8. According to the author, how has the relationship between feminism and the family often been portrayed?
(a) Feminism is often perceived as pro-family.
(b) Feminism does not seem to address this issue very clearly.
(c) Feminism has often been portrayed as anti-family and pro-freedom.
(d) The family is accepted as a necessary evil.

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

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

11. 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.

12. How has the author's own perception of her book held up?
(a) The theories in the book do not have a mass appeal.
(b) She comments that the book's theories are still sound, still relevant, and easily understandable by contemporary readers from all walks of life.
(c) She believes that her ideas are too radical.
(d) She feels that a lot of her theories are now outdated.

13. 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) It provides direction for newcomers to the movement.
(d) Because it helps to combat negative stereotypes placed on it from without, and it can create growth within the movement.

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

15. 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) Feminism has completely transformed the system at all levels.
(b) No advances have been made despite the best efforts of the movement.
(c) Our contemporary society has made race irrelevant.
(d) In spite of the social advances of the last few decades, this system is still entrenched; therefore, feminist work is still relevant.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which elements define the ideal family for the author?

2. The phrase "suffering cannot be measured and compared quantitatively" comes from which of the following authors?

3. What must be learned in order for the feminist movement to be successful?

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

5. What name did early feminists use to describe radical, or revolutionary, feminists?

(see the answer keys)

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