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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. In Chapter 1, the author states that feminist theory and the feminist movement were originally shaped by which type of people?
(a) Expatriates living abroad.
(b) Middle-class women.
(c) Working-class women.
(d) Middle-class white women.

2. The author expresses how feminism reacts to "a political system of imperialist, white supremacist, capitalist patriarchy;" how does she view the state of our society today?
(a) No advances have been made despite the best efforts of the movement.
(b) Feminism has completely transformed the system at all levels.
(c) In spite of the social advances of the last few decades, this system is still entrenched; therefore, feminist work is still relevant.
(d) Our contemporary society has made race irrelevant.

3. How does the author describe Betty Friedan in Chapter 1?
(a) As a creative genius who was misunderstood.
(b) As the author of a seminal feminist work whose theories have a white, middle-class bias.
(c) As a marginal woman who rose to prominence.
(d) As a major proponent of integration within the feminist movement.

4. What change to the language expressing involvement in feminism does the author advocate?
(a) Change "I advocate feminism" to "I support the feminist movement."
(b) Change "I am a feminist" to "I advocate feminism."
(c) Change "I advocate feminism" to "I am a feminist."
(d) Change "I am a feminist" to "I support the feminist movement."

5. What general statement does the author make about men that may seem to contradict her other claims?
(a) Most men are unable to truly support feminism.
(b) Men are no longer sexist.
(c) All men support and perpetuate sexism and sexist oppression in one form or another.
(d) Sexism is not perpetuated by educated men.

Short Answer Questions

1. In the Preface, which four factors are most central to the author's argument about a person's position in society?

2. What belief about men did early feminists act out, according to the author.

3. What are some of the biggest challenges to sisterhood?

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

5. What must be learned in order for the feminist movement to be successful?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the early feminist view on parenting stated in Chapter Ten, "Revolutionary Parenting."

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

3. Describe the author's personal experiences with feminists from the same background as Friedan. How did they initially respond to her attempts to contribute to the conversation around feminist theory?

4. In Chapter Four, does the author agree with early feminist definitions of sisterhood?

5. From the author's perspective, is theory related to experience in her discussion in Chapter One?

6. In Chapter Eleven, why does the author disagree with early feminist concepts of sexual liberty?

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

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. What can alternative models of power accomplish, according to the author?

10. How does the title of Chapter One, "Black Women - Shaping Feminist Theory," relate to the content of the chapter?

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