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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 belief about men did early feminists act out, according to the author.
(a) The belief that men were role models.
(b) The belief that men were like children.
(c) The belief that all men were the enemy.
(d) The belief that men were unimportant.

2. In Chapter 2, what are the author's thoughts on a universally accepted definition of feminism?
(a) She says that it continues to be difficult to find a universally accepted definition.
(b) She does not see the relevance in trying to find a universally accepted definition.
(c) She thinks that the current definition is already adequate and people should focus on more important matters.s
(d) She doesn't understand why it is so difficult for people to agree on a universal definition..

3. For the author, what is the relationship between traditional beliefs about the family and society at large?
(a) She does not see any relationship between the two.
(b) She thinks that the family is a haven from society.
(c) Traditional beliefs about the family and the relationships within it are grounded in ll the other forms of discrimination at work in American society.
(d) She credits changes in society with destroying the traditional family structure.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What must happen in order for women to create true sisterhood?

2. What is the definition of feminism proposed by the author?

3. In the author's view, what three things most determine a woman's destiny?

4. What do feminists need to consider when examining their beliefs about men?

5. How does the author support her claims about the reception of black women's efforts in the early feminist movement?

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. Describe the early feminist view on parenting stated in Chapter Ten, "Revolutionary Parenting."

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

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

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

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

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

8. In the Preface to the First Edition (1984), what reasons does the author give for people finding themselves on the margins of society?

9. In Chapter Four, does the author agree with early feminist definitions of sisterhood?

10. Why does the author want to change feminist language from "I am a feminist" to "I advocate feminism"?

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