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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. What was the author's initial experience in women's groups?
(a) She found solidarity with women from very different backgrounds.
(b) No one would look at her.
(c) Everyone was really open-minded.
(d) White women did not treat women of color as equals.

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

3. What can happen to women in light of the social views about their gender?
(a) Women can absorb these views and manifest them in their lives in negative ways.
(b) Nothing happens to women; they are not influenced by social attitudes.
(c) Women can simply imitate men and these views will not affect them.
(d) There is no proof that social attitudes affect individual choices.

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

5. What is the awareness about sexual oppression that the author advocates?
(a) Men are not effected by sexual oppression but they should support ending it.
(b) Sexual oppression damages everyone and ending it will benefit everyone.
(c) Sexual oppression is here to stay.
(d) Sexual oppression is derived from poor self-esteem.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does the author feel about defining feminism as enabling total personal freedom?

2. Who has portrayed the relationship between feminism and the family in this way? (See question # 61)

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

4. In general, the title of Chapter 1, "Black Women - Shaping Feminist Theory," relates to which of the following ideas?

5. In the author's view, is it valid to define feminism in terms of creating a sense of community?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Is there a note of caution in the author's tone regarding the extent to which the system of power has actually changed? Where?

3. Does the author still believe in her work?

4. Are there tensions around female heterosexuality within the feminist movement?

5. Who harbors sexist attitudes and what can be done about it?

6. 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?

7. What is the author's approach to discussing feminism in Chapter Two, "Feminism - A Movement to End Sexist Oppression;" i.e. how does she structure the chapter?

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

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

10. 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?

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