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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. In the Preface (2000), what examples does the author give of the problematic status of women in contemporary society?
(a) High poverty, low status of single mothers, lack of state assistance and health care.
(b) Low job benefits, high poverty, high divorce rates.
(c) High poverty, high divorce rates, lack of state assistance.
(d) High divorce rates, low job benefits, no enough day care.

2. What major difference between white and black men does the author point out?
(a) Black men were not as threatened by strong women functioning outside traditional gender roles.
(b) White men were not as threatened by strong women functioning outside traditional gender roles.
(c) Black men did not trust women who worked outside the home.
(d) White men encouraged women to go to work whereas black men did not.

3. The phrase "suffering cannot be measured and compared quantitatively" comes from which of the following authors?
(a) Benjamin Barber.
(b) Rita Mae Brown.
(c) Betty Friedan.
(d) Leah Fritz.

4. In the author's view, is it valid to define feminism in terms of creating a sense of community?
(a) The definition is too vague to be useful.
(b) She claims that non-white, lower class women, who already have a strong sense of community may not find this definition adequate.
(c) Community is something that all women lack so it is way to define feminism.
(d) Yes, this should be part of the universal definition of feminism.

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 focus on gender issues first and then address problems like classism.
(c) People should prioritize whatever prejudice is most relevant to their lives.
(d) Feminists should look to their community leaders for guidance on how to prioritize their actions against different forms of prejudice.

Short Answer Questions

1. In the Preface, which four factors are most central to the author's argument about a person's position in society?

2. How does the author feel about defining feminism as enabling total personal freedom?

3. In Chapter 3, "The Significance of Feminist Movement," the author discusses which of the following themes?

4. Based on your understanding of the two Prefaces, who does the author wish to reach with her work?

5. What question does the author raise about the desire for equality with men?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

3. In the author's view, are feminists ambivalent about power?

4. What differences and similarities does the author see between black men and white men?

5. Which two kinds of power does the author discuss in Chapter Six, "Changing Perspectives on Power"?

6. The title of Chapter Seven, "Rethinking the Nature of Work," suggests that ideas about work must change; what changes does the author propose?

7. In the author's view, is idealism enough to enact needed changes?

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

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

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

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