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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 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.

2. The phrase "the problem that has no name" refers to which of the following issues?
(a) Hating one's family.
(b) Women and schizophrenia.
(c) Women's fears of aging.
(d) The psychological malaise of all women in American society due to gender roles.

3. The phrase "suffering cannot be measured and compared quantitatively" comes from which of the following authors?
(a) Leah Fritz.
(b) Betty Friedan.
(c) Rita Mae Brown.
(d) Benjamin Barber.

4. How does the author see feminism and the family?
(a) She feels ambivalent about the relationship between the two.
(b) She thinks feminists that reject the family completely are justified in doing so.
(c) Her definition of feminism is one that is pro-family.
(d) She believes that the traditional family structure is fine the way it is and feminists should not try to change it.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. In the Preface to the first edition (1984), which two key terms in her analysis does the author introduce?

2. In Chapter 1, the author states that feminist theory and the feminist movement were originally shaped by which type of people?

3. "The problem that has no name" is a quotation by which author?

4. What is the primary "point of contact" between the oppressor and the oppressed?

5. How does the author describe the family in "Western society"?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Does the author encourage a particular attitude towards manifesting change?

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

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

6. Why does the author want to change feminist language from "I am a feminist" to "I advocate feminism"?

7. What is the author's view of feminism as a social movement in the Preface to the First Edition (1984)? What kind of movement does it need to be and why?

8. Does the author see feminism as aligned with other struggles, and if so why?

9. Does the author offer any ideas about how to create sisterhood?

10. Are sexual liberty and "ending sexual oppression" the same thing for the author?

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