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Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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) Race, gender, income, and education.
(c) Education, political beliefs, place of birth, and family name.
(d) Height, gender, income, and place of birth.

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

3. Why does the author believe that it is important to define feminism from within the movement?
(a) It provides direction for newcomers to the movement.
(b) Because it fosters pride among feminists.
(c) It makes feminists appear more organized.
(d) Because it helps to combat negative stereotypes placed on it from without, and it can create growth within the movement.

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

5. The author cites Lillian Hellman's autobiography as an example of what kind of phenomenon?
(a) An early white feminist who listened to women of color.
(b) An rare example of working class writing.
(c) White women being afraid to tell their domestic servants what to do.
(d) White women projecting mythical power and strength on black women while presenting themselves as powerless.

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

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

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

9. What does the author say about the statement: "I am a feminist"?
(a) This statement allows women to feel more empowered and gain more respect.
(b) She worries that it is not forceful enough.
(c) She does not think that women want to back up the statement with actions.
(d) She says it may imply a rigid us vs. them mentality or belief system.

10. How does the author see feminism and the family?
(a) She thinks feminists that reject the family completely are justified in doing so.
(b) Her definition of feminism is one that is pro-family.
(c) She feels ambivalent about the relationship between the two.
(d) She believes that the traditional family structure is fine the way it is and feminists should not try to change it.

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

12. What does it ultimately mean for the author when women behave like white men?
(a) It means that these women are creating a more successful life.
(b) It means that there are more white men, i.e. there is no new definition of humanity.
(c) It means that they are traitors to their gender.
(d) It's an important sign of the sexual revolution.

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

14. How has the author's own perception of her book held up?
(a) She feels that a lot of her theories are now outdated.
(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) The theories in the book do not have a mass appeal.

15. In the title of Chapter Five, what term is used to describe men's relationship to the feminist movement.
(a) Comrades in struggle.
(b) Friends of the cause.
(c) The oppressor.
(d) Enemy number one.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. The phrase "the problem that has no name" refers to which of the following issues?

3. How does the author characterize the aims of the feminist movement in relationship to other movements?

4. For the author, which two main terms had been left out of feminist discussions when she first published her book?

5. How were black women's efforts received by white feminists?

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