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Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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 is grounded in the desire for equality with men.
(c) A definition that completely rejects patriarchy.
(d) One that looks for new definitions of equality.

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

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

4. What was the shared feeling that helped define sisterhood in the early years of the movement, according to the author?
(a) Desire for greater affluence.
(b) A love of adventure.
(c) Artistic inspiration.
(d) A sense of victimization.

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

6. What major difference between white and black men does the author point out?
(a) Black men were not as threatened by strong women functioning outside traditional gender roles.
(b) White men were not as threatened by strong women functioning outside traditional gender roles.
(c) White men encouraged women to go to work whereas black men did not.
(d) Black men did not trust women who worked outside the home.

7. How does the author view women's desires and attempts to be like white men?
(a) She refrains from commenting because she doesn't want to appear judgmental.
(b) She disagrees strongly with this definition of feminism because it sustains the current patriarchal system.
(c) She believes that it is the only way fro women to gain credibility and power in society.
(d) She thinks that it is acceptable for white women but not for black women.

8. What general statement does the author make about men that may seem to contradict her other claims?
(a) Men are no longer sexist.
(b) Most men are unable to truly support feminism.
(c) Sexism is not perpetuated by educated men.
(d) All men support and perpetuate sexism and sexist oppression in one form or another.

9. Were there ever alternate reactions to black women's efforts to participate in the early feminist movement, and if so what were they?
(a) Black feminists' ideas about class were accepted, but not their ideas about race.
(b) Black women were always seen as a threat to the movement.
(c) Sometimes their ideas inspired new understanding and growth in the movement.
(d) Some white feminists rejected their ideas but most did not.

10. 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 does not seem to address this issue very clearly.
(c) Feminism is often perceived as pro-family.
(d) The family is accepted as a necessary evil.

11. In Chapter 3, "The Significance of Feminist Movement," the author discusses which of the following themes?
(a) The major shortcomings of the feminist movement.
(b) The potential social and political benefits of the feminist movement.
(c) The effects of feminism on foreign policy.
(d) Famous personalities within the feminist movement.

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

13. What was the author's initial experience in women's groups?
(a) No one would look at her.
(b) Everyone was really open-minded.
(c) She found solidarity with women from very different backgrounds.
(d) White women did not treat women of color as equals.

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

15. How does the author feel about defining feminism as enabling total personal freedom?
(a) She finds the definition to vague.
(b) She thinks it is immoral.
(c) She sees this as the most favorable definition of feminism.
(d) She sees it as very limiting for women since it is a male-defined model.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does the author see feminism and the family?

2. In the Preface, which four factors are most central to the author's argument about a person's position in society?

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

4. According to the author, how are joint analyses of race, class, and gender seen today?

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

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