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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. How does the author feel about defining feminism as enabling total personal freedom?
(a) She thinks it is immoral.
(b) She sees this as the most favorable definition of feminism.
(c) She finds the definition to vague.
(d) She sees it as very limiting for women since it is a male-defined model.

2. The author opens the Preface to the first edition of the book with a description of which group and its experiences in life?
(a) White upper class American women.
(b) Black Americans living in a small town in Kentucky.
(c) Upper class black professionals.
(d) White French feminists.

3. For the author, what is a better way to arrive at a definition of sisterhood?
(a) By finding out which men are truly oppressive.
(b) Through solidarity in the face of all forms of oppression.
(c) Through sustained debate.
(d) The movement does not need a definition of sisterhood.

4. What potential effect can feminism have on the family, in the author's view?
(a) It can draw attention away from the family towards more important things.
(b) It can transform the family in very positive ways.
(c) It can help maintain the traditional structure of the Western family.
(d) It can undermine family stability.

5. Were there ever alternate reactions to black women's efforts to participate in the early feminist movement, and if so what were they?
(a) Black women were always seen as a threat to the movement.
(b) Sometimes their ideas inspired new understanding and growth in the movement.
(c) Some white feminists rejected their ideas but most did not.
(d) Black feminists' ideas about class were accepted, but not their ideas about race.

Short Answer Questions

1. What assertion does the author make (once again) about who benefits from the current feminist movement?

2. In the Preface to the second edition, what is the first factor considered by black parents when a child is born, according to the author?

3. How does the author describe feminism in the U.S.?

4. According to the author, in Chapter 1, "Black Women - Shaping Feminist Theory," what were black feminists initially trying to do in the feminist movement?

5. In Chapter 2, what are the author's thoughts on a universally accepted definition of feminism?

Short Essay Questions

1. Is the author clear about her position on women who define feminism as seeking equality with men?

2. Describe the kind of power that the author sees in communities of economically disadvantaged women.

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

4. Describe the author's discussion of early feminist attitudes towards men.

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

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

7. Does the author encourage a particular attitude towards manifesting change?

8. What is the traditional view on motherhood that the author relates in Chapter Ten?

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

10. List several other critiques of violence that the author offers.

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