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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. How has the author's own perception of her book held up?
(a) The theories in the book do not have a mass appeal.
(b) She feels that a lot of her theories are now outdated.
(c) She believes that her ideas are too radical.
(d) She comments that the book's theories are still sound, still relevant, and easily understandable by contemporary readers from all walks of life.

2. "The problem that has no name" is a quotation by which author?
(a) Leah Fritz.
(b) Rita Mae Brown.
(c) Bell hooks.
(d) Betty Friedan.

3. In Chapter 1, what key term does the author use to talk about the "racial politic" in the U.S.?
(a) White privilege.
(b) White supremacy.
(c) Regression.
(d) Racial ignorance.

4. For the author, what must happen to feminism in order for it to have "a revolutionary, transformative impact on society"?
(a) Feminism must become more intellectual.
(b) Feminism must become a mass-based political movement.
(c) Feminism must exclude men from the movement.
(d) People involved in feminism must reject the popular media.

5. Why does the author hold her particular beliefs about prioritizing struggles against different forms of prejudice?
(a) As a black woman, she feels that race is a more pressing matter than feminism.
(b) All are ultimately as destructive of society and the individual as the other.
(c) She holds her views because she needs to maintain her standing in the academic community.
(d) Because she is a women, she places gender issues first.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. In Chapter 2, what are the author's thoughts on a universally accepted definition of feminism?

3. What does the author say about the statement: "I am a feminist"?

4. What is the definition of feminism proposed by the author?

5. In Chapter 1, the author states that feminist theory and the feminist movement were originally shaped by which type of people?

Short Essay Questions

1. What differences and similarities does the author see between black men and white men?

2. Does the author mention different branches of the feminist movement in Chapter Eight, and if so what kind of relationship do they have?

3. What is the author's view of feminism as a social movement in the Preface to the First Edition (1984)? What kind of movement does it need to be and why?

4. List several other critiques of violence that the author offers.

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

6. What doe the author mean when she says that black women have no "institutionalized other."

7. 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?

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

9. Describe the author's personal experiences with feminists from the same background as Friedan. How did they initially respond to her attempts to contribute to the conversation around feminist theory?

10. How does the author feel about including men in the feminist movement?

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