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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 is the main relationship discussed in Chapter 5?
(a) The relationship between men and the feminist movement.
(b) The relationship between feminism and civil rights
(c) The relationship between senior women and feminism.
(d) The relationship between women and technology.

2. The author expresses how feminism reacts to "a political system of imperialist, white supremacist, capitalist patriarchy;" how does she view the state of our society today?
(a) In spite of the social advances of the last few decades, this system is still entrenched; therefore, feminist work is still relevant.
(b) Our contemporary society has made race irrelevant.
(c) Feminism has completely transformed the system at all levels.
(d) No advances have been made despite the best efforts of the movement.

3. What can happen to women in light of the social views about their gender?
(a) Women can absorb these views and manifest them in their lives in negative ways.
(b) There is no proof that social attitudes affect individual choices.
(c) Nothing happens to women; they are not influenced by social attitudes.
(d) Women can simply imitate men and these views will not affect them.

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

5. 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) Segregation: Black people could enter parts of the white people's world, but they could not stay there.
(c) Upward mobility: Blacks strove to imitate whites and climb the social ladder.
(d) Desegregation: Blacks were finally able to go wherever they wanted.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. In the Preface to the second edition, what is the first factor considered by black parents when a child is born, according to the author?

3. How has the author's own perception of her book held up?

4. What must be learned in order for the feminist movement to be successful?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. In Chapter Three, "The Significance of the Feminist Movement" how does the author describe her understanding of feminism and the family?

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

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

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

6. Describe the particular perspective that the author offers throughout her work. What position does she claim to write from and why?

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

8. What are the universal definitions of feminism that the author disagrees with? List several.

9. Describe the kind of power that the author sees in communities of economically disadvantaged women.

10. In Chapter Eight, "Educating Women - A Feminist Agenda," what does the author encourage black women to do regarding education and academic work?

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