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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What assertion does the author make (once again) about who benefits from the current feminist movement?
(a) She states that white middle class women stand to benefit more than anyone else.
(b) Children will benefit, but not the current generation.
(c) It can, and will, benefit people of both genders and all ages.
(d) Only women will benefit from the movement.

3. How does the author describe feminism in the U.S.?
(a) As a separatist movement.
(b) As a bourgeois ideology based on liberal individualism.
(c) As a collective Marxist movement.
(d) As a radical revolution.

4. What is the definition of feminism proposed by the author?
(a) The struggle to end sexist oppression in all its forms, whether economic, political, social, or sexual.
(b) Feminism must be defined as community before anything else.
(c) Everyone should develop her own definition of feminism.
(d) Feminism should be understood as total personal freedom for everyone.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. At the end of the Preface (2000), what does the author say regarding "patriarchal mass media" and feminism?

2. How does the author characterize black women's future role in the feminist movement?

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

4. Why does the author spend time talking about the relationship between feminism and the family?

5. What can happen to women in light of the social views about their gender?

Short Essay Questions

1. Which two kinds of power does the author discuss in Chapter Six, "Changing Perspectives on Power"?

2. Is the lack of solidarity mainly an issue between black women and white women?

3. Do early feminists beliefs about violence support traditional patriarchal concepts of gender?

4. In the 2000 Preface is the author's attitude towards change in the feminist movement positive or negative, and what examples does she give?

5. Overall, what do Chapters Two and Three develop for the reader with regard to feminism?

6. Describe the author's discussion of early feminist attitudes towards men.

7. Why does the author want to change feminist language from "I am a feminist" to "I advocate feminism"?

8. Are sexual liberty and "ending sexual oppression" the same thing for the author?

9. Why is educating women a "feminist agenda," as the title to Chapter Eight suggests?

10. How does the title of Chapter One, "Black Women - Shaping Feminist Theory," relate to the content of the chapter?

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