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

2. 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 believes that it is the only way fro women to gain credibility and power in society.
(c) She disagrees strongly with this definition of feminism because it sustains the current patriarchal system.
(d) She thinks that it is acceptable for white women but not for black women.

3. Which definition of feminism does not work, according to the author?
(a) One that looks for new definitions of equality.
(b) A definition that revolves around equal rights for all people.
(c) A definition that completely rejects patriarchy.
(d) One that is grounded in the desire for equality with men.

4. What is the social and racial dynamic described by the author at the beginning of the Preface to the first edition of the book?
(a) The author does not discuss race until the end of the Preface.
(b) Upward mobility: Blacks strove to imitate whites and climb the social ladder.
(c) Segregation: Black people could enter parts of the white people's world, but they could not stay there.
(d) Desegregation: Blacks were finally able to go wherever they wanted.

5. From which position (or perspective) does the author claim to write in her analysis of feminism and its social manifestations?
(a) From the margins.
(b) From a religious perspective.
(c) From a foreign perspective.
(d) From an elite position.

Short Answer Questions

1. What do feminists need to consider when examining their beliefs about men?

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

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

4. Based on your understanding of the two Prefaces, who does the author wish to reach with her work?

5. In Chapter 1, what key term does the author use to talk about the "racial politic" in the U.S.?

Short Essay Questions

1. In the Preface to the Second Edition (January 2000) entitled "Seeing the Light: Visionary Feminism," what does the author have to say about her specific approach to feminism and the reactions it created?

2. Does the author offer her own definition of feminism in Chapter Two, and if so, what is it?

3. Is true sisterhood, i.e. solidarity in the struggle to achieve feminist goals, supported by society, according to the author?

4. In chapter Nine, "Feminist Movement to End Violence," how does the author describe the patriarchal perspective on gender.

5. Describe the early feminist view on parenting stated in Chapter Ten, "Revolutionary Parenting."

6. Are there tensions around female heterosexuality within the feminist movement?

7. Is there a note of caution in the author's tone regarding the extent to which the system of power has actually changed? Where?

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

9. In Chapter Four, does the author agree with early feminist definitions of sisterhood?

10. Does the author encourage a particular attitude towards manifesting change?

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