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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. In the Preface, which four factors are most central to the author's argument about a person's position in society?
(a) Race, weight, gender, and marital status.
(b) Height, gender, income, and place of birth.
(c) Education, political beliefs, place of birth, and family name.
(d) Race, gender, income, and education.

3. According to the author, what does society often teach women about what it means to be a woman?
(a) That to be a woman is easier than being a man.
(b) That to be female is to be a victim.
(c) That women should be silent.
(d) That to be female is to be important.

4. In Chapter 1, what key term does the author use to talk about the "racial politic" in the U.S.?
(a) White supremacy.
(b) Racial ignorance.
(c) Regression.
(d) White privilege.

5. 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.

6. For the author, what is a better way to arrive at a definition of sisterhood?
(a) Through sustained debate.
(b) Through solidarity in the face of all forms of oppression.
(c) The movement does not need a definition of sisterhood.
(d) By finding out which men are truly oppressive.

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

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

9. In the Preface to the first edition (1984), what general theme does the author present?
(a) Her mother's life story.
(b) A history of the feminist movement.
(c) Her ideas about high school education for girls.
(d) The central theory of her work.

10. 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) It has not done enough to reach out to both genders.
(d) The feminist movement has not changed the educational landscape.

11. 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 a mass-based political movement.
(d) Feminism must become more intellectual.

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

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

14. What must be learned in order for the feminist movement to be successful?
(a) Women must learn to compete with men in the workforce.
(b) Working class and non-white men must learn to reject capitalist patriarchy.
(c) Everyone must learn to not accept and/or live according to traditional sexist attitudes.
(d) Men must learn non-violence.

15. What do feminists need to consider when examining their beliefs about men?
(a) Whether or not men deserve to be included in feminism.
(b) How lower and working class men and non-white men are also oppressed.
(c) How often men use sexist language.
(d) Whether it is safe to alter their beliefs about men.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does it ultimately mean for the author when women behave like white men?

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

3. From which position (or perspective) does the author claim to write in her analysis of feminism and its social manifestations?

4. In the Preface to the first edition (1984), which two key terms in her analysis does the author introduce?

5. Who has portrayed the relationship between feminism and the family in this way? (See question # 61)

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