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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 would this change in language suggest?
(a) It would suggest belief and participation in social action for change, rather than a confrontational approach.
(b) It would affirm personal identity.
(c) It would make the idea of belonging to a movement more visible.
(d) It would be active rather than passive.

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

3. "The problem that has no name" is a quotation by which author?
(a) Rita Mae Brown.
(b) Bell hooks.
(c) Leah Fritz.
(d) Betty Friedan.

4. Which elements define the ideal family for the author?
(a) Support, respect, unity and community.
(b) Order, unity, respect, and fairness.
(c) Unity, modesty, and communication.
(d) Order, respect, and privacy.

5. According to the author, in Chapter 1, "Black Women - Shaping Feminist Theory," what were black feminists initially trying to do in the feminist movement?
(a) Make new friends.
(b) To get more work.
(c) To expand the basis of feminist thought.
(d) Be more like white feminists.

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. At the end of the Preface (2000), what does the author say regarding "patriarchal mass media" and feminism?

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

5. In Chapter Four, what does the author give as the broad definition of "sisterhood" from the early feminist movement?

Short Essay Questions

1. What was the experience of many non-white and lower class women working outside the home?

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

3. Why can total change be a difficult and uncomfortable process, according to the author?

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

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

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

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

8. Is there a note of caution in the author's tone regarding the extent to which the system of power has actually changed? Where?

9. Describe the author's central criticism of feminist theory in Chapter One, "Black Women - Shaping Feminist Theory."

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

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