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

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

3. How does the author describe feminism in the U.S.?
(a) As a bourgeois ideology based on liberal individualism.
(b) As a collective Marxist movement.
(c) As a radical revolution.
(d) As a separatist movement.

4. In the Preface to the second edition (2000), how does the author characterize the later reception of her work?
(a) Women of color still feel that the author does not address their concerns.
(b) The people who first rejected the book came to regard the author's innovations as necessary and valuable.
(c) Male academics find the work too exclusive.
(d) Many people embrace her ideas but do not give her any credit for them.

5. In the Preface, which four factors are most central to the author's argument about a person's position in society?
(a) Race, weight, gender, and marital status.
(b) Race, gender, income, and education.
(c) Height, gender, income, and place of birth.
(d) Education, political beliefs, place of birth, and family name.

Short Answer Questions

1. In the title of Chapter Five, what term is used to describe men's relationship to the feminist movement.

2. The phrase "suffering cannot be measured and compared quantitatively" comes from which of the following authors?

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

4. What is the social and racial dynamic described by the author at the beginning of the Preface to the first edition of the book?

5. According to the author, what does society often teach women about what it means to be a woman?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does war relate to the authors discussion of violence and women?

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

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

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

5. Describe the particular perspective that the author offers throughout her work. What position does she claim to write from and why?

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

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

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

9. What doe the author mean when she says that black women have no "institutionalized other."

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

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