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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. For the author, which two main terms had been left out of feminist discussions when she first published her book?
(a) Race and class.
(b) Class and marital status.
(c) Gender and race.
(d) Genetics and the role of the family.

2. Why does the author hold her particular beliefs about prioritizing struggles against different forms of prejudice?
(a) She holds her views because she needs to maintain her standing in the academic community.
(b) As a black woman, she feels that race is a more pressing matter than feminism.
(c) Because she is a women, she places gender issues first.
(d) All are ultimately as destructive of society and the individual as the other.

3. In the first chapter, how does the author characterize the perspective of the women involved in the early feminist movement?
(a) They thought working women were not true feminists.
(b) Their perspective is difficult to pin down since they were from many different social backgrounds.
(c) They saw all women as oppressed but had no real awareness of the life of a non-white, non-middle class women.
(d) They were overly concerned with saving poor women.

4. How does the author characterize the aims of the feminist movement in relationship to other movements?
(a) Feminists should stay focused on their own goals and not look to other movements.
(b) The aims and goals of the feminist movement are really separate from other movements.
(c) The feminist movements aims and intentions are interwoven with those struggling against classism, racism, heterosexism, and other forms of oppression..
(d) There is a relationship between feminism and the struggle against ageism, but that is all.

5. What is the social and racial dynamic described by the author at the beginning of the Preface to the first edition of the book?
(a) Segregation: Black people could enter parts of the white people's world, but they could not stay there.
(b) Desegregation: Blacks were finally able to go wherever they wanted.
(c) Upward mobility: Blacks strove to imitate whites and climb the social ladder.
(d) The author does not discuss race until the end of the Preface.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to the author, how has the relationship between feminism and the family often been portrayed?

2. How does the author view the concept of personal freedom?

3. What major difference between white and black men does the author point out?

4. What was the shared feeling that helped define sisterhood in the early years of the movement, according to the author?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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.

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

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

6. How are traditional patriarchal concepts of gender related to violence against women?

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

8. Are there tensions around female heterosexuality within the feminist movement?

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

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

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