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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 must happen in order for women to create true sisterhood?
(a) Women must decide to get a formal education.
(b) Women must learn to organize politically.
(c) Women must all agree on a single definition of sisterhood.
(d) Women must learn to explore, understand, and communicate their individual experiences.

2. As stated in the 1984 Preface, what is the primary weakness of feminist theory that the author promises to address in her book?
(a) Feminist theory does not propose concrete solutions for women's empowerment.
(b) It has been developed and presented from the perspective of women with more societal power and privilege.
(c) Feminist theory does not reach out to younger women.
(d) Feminist theory is too focused on economics.

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

4. What does the author say about the statement: "I am a feminist"?
(a) This statement allows women to feel more empowered and gain more respect.
(b) She worries that it is not forceful enough.
(c) She does not think that women want to back up the statement with actions.
(d) She says it may imply a rigid us vs. them mentality or belief system.

5. Who must be retrained in order for the feminist movement to be successful?
(a) Men and women.
(b) Teachers.
(c) Men.
(d) White upper class men.

Short Answer Questions

1. In the Preface to the second edition (2000), how does the author describe the original reception of her book?

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

3. For the author, what is a better way to arrive at a definition of sisterhood?

4. In Chapter 1, what key term does the author use to talk about the "racial politic" in the U.S.?

5. How does the author see feminism and the family?

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

3. In Chapter Eight, "Educating Women - A Feminist Agenda," what does the author encourage black women to do regarding education and academic work?

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

5. What is unique about black women's perspectives?

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

7. Does the author see feminism as aligned with other struggles, and if so why?

8. 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.

9. In the 2000 Preface is the author's attitude towards change in the feminist movement positive or negative, and what examples does she give?

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

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