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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 did these early feminists forget to take into account in their beliefs about men?
(a) Differences in age and profession.
(b) Whether men were married or single.
(c) Differences in race and class.
(d) Differences in religion and age.

2. What must be learned in order for the feminist movement to be successful?
(a) Men must learn non-violence.
(b) Working class and non-white men must learn to reject capitalist patriarchy.
(c) Everyone must learn to not accept and/or live according to traditional sexist attitudes.
(d) Women must learn to compete with men in the workforce.

3. What are some of the biggest challenges to sisterhood?
(a) Global warming, politics, and religion.
(b) Racism, classism, sexism, and heterosexism.
(c) There used to be challenges but they have lessened.
(d) Unfair business practices.

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

5. How does the author propose to prioritize the struggles against various forms of prejudice?
(a) She does not think that prejudices can be prioritized one over the other.
(b) Feminists should look to their community leaders for guidance on how to prioritize their actions against different forms of prejudice.
(c) Feminists should focus on gender issues first and then address problems like classism.
(d) People should prioritize whatever prejudice is most relevant to their lives.

Short Answer Questions

1. In the Preface (2000), what examples does the author give of the problematic status of women in contemporary society?

2. For the author, what is the relationship between traditional beliefs about the family and society at large?

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

4. The phrase "suffering cannot be measured and compared quantitatively" comes from which of the following authors?

5. How were black women's efforts received by white feminists?

Short Essay Questions

1. Compare the Preface to the second edition with Ch. 12: What similarities do you see regarding the author's vision for the future of the feminist movement? List two to three examples.

2. How does the author discuss feminists views on housework?

3. How does the title of Chapter One, "Black Women - Shaping Feminist Theory," relate to the content of the chapter?

4. Who harbors sexist attitudes and what can be done about it?

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

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

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

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

9. Does the author see feminism as aligned with other struggles, and if so why?

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

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