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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. In the author's view, how should the beliefs about motherhood that she discusses be dealt with?
(a) They should be broken down and eliminated.
(b) They should be embraced by new mothers.
(c) They should be replaced by non-European beliefs.
(d) They should be taught in schools.

2. Why did many lower/middle class and/or non-white women respond to early feminist views on work as they did?
(a) They wanted to be included in the movement.
(b) They hoped to create strategies for career advancement.
(c) They felt that the work they wanted would never be available.
(d) They were already working and new it was not the ideal situation that others imagined.

3. According to the author, in what form has feminist thought primarily been circulated?
(a) Via the written word (e.g. books, pamphlets, etc.).
(b) Through television commercials.
(c) By word of mouth.
(d) Via the radio.

4. What reason does the author give for lower and middle class women's relationship with power?
(a) They have lived in circumstances that required self-reliance, rather than dependency.
(b) They work all the time.
(c) They need further political education.
(d) They have met with a lot of defeat.

5. What is violence truly a manifestation of for the author?
(a) Insecurity.
(b) Hatred of women, especially the mother.
(c) Sexual inadequacy.
(d) Imperialism, power, and a hierarchy of control.

6. What has desensitized women and men to violence in the author's view?
(a) She does not feel that women have become desensitized to violence.
(b) Their families.
(c) Its prevalence in the media.
(d) Its use in everyday language.

7. How should feminists behave towards consumerism, according to the author?
(a) They should learn aggressive marketing tactics.
(b) They can accept it as a necessary evil.
(c) Buy only what is necessary and thus resist capitalist culture and its connection to sexual oppression.
(d) They should focus on more important things.

8. How did the group initially discussed by the author characterize parenthood?
(a) As a trap, another way the male patriarchy exercised its power.
(b) As a social duty to create future citizens.
(c) As a form of discipline.
(d) As a luxury.

9. In the author's opinion, how did early feminists view violence against women?
(a) They frowned on discussing violence at all.
(b) In a way, they echoed patriarchal ideas that men had inbred aggressive tendencies and women had submissive and nurturing tendencies.
(c) They saw men as corrupt and women as innately innocent.
(d) They thought that gender was not really at play in problems of violence.

10. How does the author view housework?
(a) As women's work.
(b) As extremely tiring.
(c) As demeaning.
(d) As creative and life-affirming-sometimes more so than work outside the home.

11. How is the long and painstaking process of change experienced by societies like the United States?
(a) As relatively easy.
(b) As boring.
(c) As frustrating but entertaining.
(d) As foreign, unappealing, and frustrating.

12. Which one of the following is true of the author beliefs about child care centers?
(a) They should be staffed by workers of both genders.
(b) They should be run with discipline and order.
(c) They should not provide food for the children's lunches.
(d) They should be run exclusively by women.

13. How does the author characterize the majority of feminist writing?
(a) As naive and uncritical.
(b) As utopian.
(c) As intellectual, academic and/or theoretical.
(d) As accessible to most literate women.

14. What observations does the author make about women and the practice of violence?
(a) Women are essentially nonviolent by nature.
(b) Women also have a capacity for violence and many condone and advocate war.
(c) Women are more violent as teenagers.
(d) Women are actually more violent than men.

15. What does the author suggest about many successful feminists and their relationship with power?
(a) They become power hungry to the point of fanaticism.
(b) They embody and/or capitalize upon male definitions of power and success.
(c) They develop an inferiority complex.
(d) They try to dominate men.

Short Answer Questions

1. What can the kind of power practiced by women from non-affluent communities enable them to do?

2. Following the author's reasoning, what does a societal trend towards women identifying with and pursuing male models of power show?

3. On what levels of culture and society is violence most likely to exist?

4. In addition to gender and violence, what major aspect of violence does the author discuss in this chapter?

5. In her discussion of attitudes towards sexuality, what common problem does the author say that women and gay men share?

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