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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How does the author describe Betty Friedan in Chapter 1?
(a) As a creative genius who was misunderstood.
(b) As a marginal woman who rose to prominence.
(c) As the author of a seminal feminist work whose theories have a white, middle-class bias.
(d) As a major proponent of integration within the feminist movement.

2. How does the author view women's desires and attempts to be like white men?
(a) She refrains from commenting because she doesn't want to appear judgmental.
(b) She thinks that it is acceptable for white women but not for black women.
(c) She believes that it is the only way fro women to gain credibility and power in society.
(d) She disagrees strongly with this definition of feminism because it sustains the current patriarchal system.

3. In the Preface to the second edition (2000), how does the author describe the original reception of her book?
(a) It was embraced by all feminists for its thought-provoking content.
(b) It started a riot.
(c) It was rejected by mainstream feminists.
(d) Women of color claimed it focused mostly on white women so they rejected it.

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

5. Who has portrayed the relationship between feminism and the family in this way? (See question # 61)
(a) All men.
(b) Outsiders to the movement and sometimes feminists in the movement who want to create women-only communities.
(c) The child protective services.
(d) Most feminists hold this view.

Short Answer Questions

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



2. In the Preface to the second edition (2000), how does the author characterize the later reception of her work?



3. What potential effect can feminism have on the family, in the author's view?



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



5. According to the author, how are joint analyses of race, class, and gender seen today?



Short Essay Questions

1. Do early feminists beliefs about violence support traditional patriarchal concepts of gender?



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



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



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



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



6. What does the author say about feminist writer Betty Friedan's book The Feminine Mystique?



7. Why is educating women a "feminist agenda," as the title to Chapter Eight suggests?



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



9. What reasons does the author give for people finding themselves at the center of society?



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



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