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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 were black women's efforts received by white feminists?
(a) They were mostly met with resentment and derision.
(b) They were openly embraced.
(c) They were seen as disorganized.
(d) They were completely ignored.

2. In the title of Chapter Five, what term is used to describe men's relationship to the feminist movement.
(a) Enemy number one.
(b) The oppressor.
(c) Comrades in struggle.
(d) Friends of the cause.

3. In the Preface to the first edition (1984), which two key terms in her analysis does the author introduce?
(a) Liberal and conservative.
(b) Margin and center.
(c) Inside and outside.
(d) Intellectual and illiterate.

4. What do feminists need to consider when examining their beliefs about men?
(a) How lower and working class men and non-white men are also oppressed.
(b) How often men use sexist language.
(c) Whether it is safe to alter their beliefs about men.
(d) Whether or not men deserve to be included in feminism.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How does the author feel about defining feminism as enabling total personal freedom?

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

3. What change to the language expressing involvement in feminism does the author advocate?

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. How does the author see feminism and the family?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Overall, what do Chapters Two and Three develop for the reader with regard to feminism?

3. 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?

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

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

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

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

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

9. The title of Chapter Seven, "Rethinking the Nature of Work," suggests that ideas about work must change; what changes does the author propose?

10. What is problematic for the author regarding early feminist views of parenting and motherhood, and what can be changed?

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