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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, what key term does the author use to talk about the "racial politic" in the U.S.?
(a) Racial ignorance.
(b) White supremacy.
(c) White privilege.
(d) Regression.

2. What does the author say about the statement: "I am a feminist"?
(a) She says it may imply a rigid us vs. them mentality or belief system.
(b) She worries that it is not forceful enough.
(c) This statement allows women to feel more empowered and gain more respect.
(d) She does not think that women want to back up the statement with actions.

3. What were black women mostly encouraged to talk about in the early days of the feminist movement.
(a) Race, class. and gender.
(b) Race.
(c) Class and privilege.
(d) Feminist theory.

4. In the Preface to the first edition (1984), what general theme does the author present?
(a) The central theory of her work.
(b) Her mother's life story.
(c) A history of the feminist movement.
(d) Her ideas about high school education for girls.

5. According to the author, who originally defined "sisterhood" in the feminist movement?
(a) The middle class white women at the forefront of the movement.
(b) Young female college students in sociology classes.
(c) Working class women.
(d) University professors.

Short Answer Questions

1. What can happen to women in light of the social views about their gender?

2. In the Preface to the second edition (2000), how does the author describe the original reception of her book?

3. For the author, what perspective really changed the direction of feminist thought?

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

5. What do feminists need to consider when examining their beliefs about men?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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?

3. What differences and similarities does the author see between black men and white men?

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

5. Is the lack of solidarity mainly an issue between black women and white women?

6. In Chapter Seven, "Rethinking the Nature of Work," why does the author take issue with early feminist attitudes toward work?

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

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

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

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

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