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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 3, "The Significance of Feminist Movement," the author discusses which of the following themes?
(a) Famous personalities within the feminist movement.
(b) The major shortcomings of the feminist movement.
(c) The potential social and political benefits of the feminist movement.
(d) The effects of feminism on foreign policy.

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

3. What assertion does the author make (once again) about who benefits from the current feminist movement?
(a) Children will benefit, but not the current generation.
(b) It can, and will, benefit people of both genders and all ages.
(c) She states that white middle class women stand to benefit more than anyone else.
(d) Only women will benefit from the movement.

4. Based on your understanding of the two Prefaces, who does the author wish to reach with her work?
(a) As wide and diverse of an audience as possible.
(b) Mainly people who are brand new to feminism.
(c) Men.
(d) Women of color.

5. How does the author view the concept of personal freedom?
(a) It promises to be an idea around which the feminist movement can rally.
(b) It runs the risk of promoting sexual infidelity.
(c) It is grounded in preserving the patriarchal, capitalist, individualist status quo.
(d) It is an honorable and uplifting concept.

Short Answer Questions

1. How are black and white men the same in the author's view?

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

3. In Chapter Four, what does the author give as the broad definition of "sisterhood" from the early feminist movement?

4. What were black women mostly encouraged to talk about in the early days of the feminist movement.

5. The author cites Lillian Hellman's autobiography as an example of what kind of phenomenon?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. In the Preface to the Second Edition (January 2000) entitled "Seeing the Light: Visionary Feminism," what does the author have to say about her specific approach to feminism and the reactions it created?

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

4. In the Preface to the First Edition (1984), what reasons does the author give for people finding themselves on the margins of society?

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

6. In Chapter Twelve, "Feminist Revolution: Development through Struggle," does the author see effectiveness in early feminist attitudes towards change?

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

8. Does the author mention different branches of the feminist movement in Chapter Eight, and if so what kind of relationship do they have?

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

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