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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. Why does the author spend time talking about the relationship between feminism and the family?
(a) She is tired of being accused of ignoring this important issue.
(b) She wants to dispel anti-family myths and propose a definition of feminism from within that takes the family unit as the foundation of a compassionate society.
(c) She believes that it will help attract more men to the movement.
(d) She is determined to promote the traditional family structure.

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(a) She feels that a lot of her theories are now outdated.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

3. As stated in the 1984 Preface, what is the primary weakness of feminist theory that the author promises to address in her book?
(a) Feminist theory does not propose concrete solutions for women's empowerment.
(b) It has been developed and presented from the perspective of women with more societal power and privilege.
(c) Feminist theory does not reach out to younger women.
(d) Feminist theory is too focused on economics.

4. According to the author's Preface (2000), where is visionary feminist discourse increasingly talked about?
(a) In the corridors of the educated elite.
(b) Inside factories and in union meeting halls.
(c) In beauty parlors.
(d) In university sororities.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. For the author, which two main terms had been left out of feminist discussions when she first published her book?

2. What does it ultimately mean for the author when women behave like white men?

3. In Chapter Four, what does the author give as the broad definition of "sisterhood" from the early feminist movement?

4. Which elements define the ideal family for the author?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What is unique about black women's perspectives?

5. Describe the author's central criticism of feminist theory in Chapter One, "Black Women - Shaping Feminist Theory."

6. 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?

7. What can alternative models of power accomplish, according to the author?

8. In Chapter Seven, "Rethinking the Nature of Work," why does the author take issue with early feminist attitudes toward work?

9. In Chapter Twelve, "Feminist Revolution: Development through Struggle," does the author see effectiveness in early feminist attitudes towards change?

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

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