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Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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 does not propose concrete solutions for women's empowerment.
(d) Feminist theory is too focused on economics.

2. In the first chapter, how does the author characterize the perspective of the women involved in the early feminist movement?
(a) Their perspective is difficult to pin down since they were from many different social backgrounds.
(b) They thought working women were not true feminists.
(c) They saw all women as oppressed but had no real awareness of the life of a non-white, non-middle class women.
(d) They were overly concerned with saving poor women.

3. What must happen in order for women to create true sisterhood?
(a) Women must all agree on a single definition of sisterhood.
(b) Women must decide to get a formal education.
(c) Women must learn to explore, understand, and communicate their individual experiences.
(d) Women must learn to organize politically.

4. How does the author view the concept of personal freedom?
(a) It is an honorable and uplifting concept.
(b) It is grounded in preserving the patriarchal, capitalist, individualist status quo.
(c) It promises to be an idea around which the feminist movement can rally.
(d) It runs the risk of promoting sexual infidelity.

5. In the Preface to the second edition (2000), how does the author describe the original reception of her book?
(a) It was embraced by all feminists for its thought-provoking content.
(b) It was rejected by mainstream feminists.
(c) Women of color claimed it focused mostly on white women so they rejected it.
(d) It started a riot.

6. What is the main relationship discussed in Chapter 5?
(a) The relationship between feminism and civil rights
(b) The relationship between senior women and feminism.
(c) The relationship between men and the feminist movement.
(d) The relationship between women and technology.

7. In the Preface (2000), what examples does the author give of the problematic status of women in contemporary society?
(a) High poverty, low status of single mothers, lack of state assistance and health care.
(b) Low job benefits, high poverty, high divorce rates.
(c) High divorce rates, low job benefits, no enough day care.
(d) High poverty, high divorce rates, lack of state assistance.

8. 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 feminist movement has not changed the educational landscape.
(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.

9. What would this change in language suggest?
(a) It would make the idea of belonging to a movement more visible.
(b) It would be active rather than passive.
(c) It would suggest belief and participation in social action for change, rather than a confrontational approach.
(d) It would affirm personal identity.

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

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

12. What name did early feminists use to describe radical, or revolutionary, feminists?
(a) Sisters.
(b) Traitors.
(c) Spoilers.
(d) Naive.

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

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

15. How were black women's efforts received by white feminists?
(a) They were seen as disorganized.
(b) They were mostly met with resentment and derision.
(c) They were openly embraced.
(d) They were completely ignored.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does the author hold her particular beliefs about prioritizing struggles against different forms of prejudice?

2. What is the author's contention about the feelings that defined sisterhood?

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

4. 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?

5. What potential effect can feminism have on the family, in the author's view?

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