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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is the definition of feminism proposed by the author?
(a) Everyone should develop her own definition of feminism.
(b) The struggle to end sexist oppression in all its forms, whether economic, political, social, or sexual.
(c) Feminism must be defined as community before anything else.
(d) Feminism should be understood as total personal freedom for everyone.

2. According to the author, how has the relationship between feminism and the family often been portrayed?
(a) Feminism is often perceived as pro-family.
(b) Feminism does not seem to address this issue very clearly.
(c) The family is accepted as a necessary evil.
(d) Feminism has often been portrayed as anti-family and pro-freedom.

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

4. The author states that most women would like to be like ________________.
(a) their mothers.
(b) white men.
(c) their best friends.
(d) their mentors.

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

Short Answer 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?

2. For the author, which two main terms had been left out of feminist discussions when she first published her book?

3. What general statement does the author make about men that may seem to contradict her other claims?

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

5. Based on your understanding of the two Prefaces, who does the author wish to reach with her work?

Short Essay Questions

1. In Chapter Eight, "Educating Women - A Feminist Agenda," what does the author encourage black women to do regarding education and academic work?

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

3. In Chapter Three, "The Significance of the Feminist Movement" how does the author describe her understanding of feminism and the family?

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

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

6. Why can total change be a difficult and uncomfortable process, according to the author?

7. 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?

8. Is true sisterhood, i.e. solidarity in the struggle to achieve feminist goals, supported by society, according to the author?

9. Is the author clear about her position on women who define feminism as seeking equality with men?

10. Compare the Preface to the second edition with Ch. 12: What similarities do you see regarding the author's vision for the future of the feminist movement? List two to three examples.

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