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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) Whether men were married or single.
(b) Differences in age and profession.
(c) Differences in race and class.
(d) Differences in religion and age.

2. How does the author view the concept of personal freedom?
(a) It is an honorable and uplifting concept.
(b) It runs the risk of promoting sexual infidelity.
(c) It promises to be an idea around which the feminist movement can rally.
(d) It is grounded in preserving the patriarchal, capitalist, individualist status quo.

3. According to the author, who originally defined "sisterhood" in the feminist movement?
(a) Young female college students in sociology classes.
(b) Working class women.
(c) The middle class white women at the forefront of the movement.
(d) University professors.

4. According to the author, what does society often teach women about what it means to be a woman?
(a) That women should be silent.
(b) That to be female is to be a victim.
(c) That to be a woman is easier than being a man.
(d) That to be female is to be important.

5. How does the author characterize black women's future role in the feminist movement?
(a) She describes their future role along the lines of a hostile takeover.
(b) She thinks that they would be better off starting their own movement.
(c) She believes that black women have an important role to play in deepening and broadening the movement.
(d) She believes that they will no longer need feminism.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. How does the author propose to prioritize the struggles against various forms of prejudice?

3. As stated in the 1984 Preface, what is the primary weakness of feminist theory that the author promises to address in her book?

4. In general, the title of Chapter 1, "Black Women - Shaping Feminist Theory," relates to which of the following ideas?

5. Why does the author believe that it is important to define feminism from within the movement?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. Does the author still believe in her work?

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

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