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

2. In general, the title of Chapter 1, "Black Women - Shaping Feminist Theory," relates to which of the following ideas?
(a) It doesn't relate to any of the aforementioned ideas.
(b) Black women's lives can serve as raw material for white women when they create feminist theory.
(c) Black women are important in shaping the feminist movement and broadening the previously limited perspectives in feminism.
(d) Black women can create their own feminist theory; they do not need to participate in the broader movement.

3. Based on your understanding of the two Prefaces, who does the author wish to reach with her work?
(a) Women of color.
(b) As wide and diverse of an audience as possible.
(c) Mainly people who are brand new to feminism.
(d) Men.

4. How are black and white men the same in the author's view?
(a) They both do not want women to be strong and assertive.
(b) They are not the same in the author's view.
(c) They are both capable of sexual oppression and violence against women, whether sexual or non-sexual.
(d) They both stand to lose power as a result of feminism.

5. What name did early feminists use to describe radical, or revolutionary, feminists?
(a) Spoilers.
(b) Traitors.
(c) Naive.
(d) Sisters.

Short Answer Questions

1. In the author's view, what three things most determine a woman's destiny?

2. In the Preface to the second edition (2000), how does the author describe the original reception of her book?

3. The author cites Lillian Hellman's autobiography as an example of what kind of phenomenon?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the author's views of how modern western cultures deal with the process of change.

2. Does the author offer any ideas about how to create sisterhood?

3. Does the author still believe in her work?

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

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

6. Why can total change be a difficult and uncomfortable process, according to the author?

7. How are traditional patriarchal concepts of gender related to violence against women?

8. What is problematic for the author regarding early feminist views of parenting and motherhood, and what can be changed?

9. What is the author's approach to discussing feminism in Chapter Two, "Feminism - A Movement to End Sexist Oppression;" i.e. how does she structure the chapter?

10. From the author's perspective, is theory related to experience in her discussion in Chapter One?

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