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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 the author's view, is it valid to define feminism in terms of creating a sense of community?
(a) Yes, this should be part of the universal definition of feminism.
(b) The definition is too vague to be useful.
(c) Community is something that all women lack so it is way to define feminism.
(d) She claims that non-white, lower class women, who already have a strong sense of community may not find this definition adequate.

2. According to the author, challenges to to sisterhood can exist between white women and women of color; between which other groups does she say that they can exist?
(a) Only between women from different social classes.
(b) Between different groups of non-white women, women of different classes and/or races/ethnicities, and women of different sexual orientations.
(c) Between women from different universities.
(d) Challenges to sisterhood do not really occur between other groups of women.

3. According to the author, in Chapter 1, "Black Women - Shaping Feminist Theory," what were black feminists initially trying to do in the feminist movement?
(a) Be more like white feminists.
(b) To expand the basis of feminist thought.
(c) To get more work.
(d) Make new friends.

4. In general, the title of Chapter 1, "Black Women - Shaping Feminist Theory," relates to which of the following ideas?
(a) It doesn't relate to any of the aforementioned ideas.
(b) Black women are important in shaping the feminist movement and broadening the previously limited perspectives in feminism.
(c) Black women can create their own feminist theory; they do not need to participate in the broader movement.
(d) Black women's lives can serve as raw material for white women when they create feminist theory.

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) University professors.
(d) Working class women.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does the author propose to prioritize the struggles against various forms of prejudice?

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

3. Overall, what does the author think about the effects of the feminist movement?

4. How does the author characterize the aims of the feminist movement in relationship to other movements?

5. What is the author's contention about the feelings that defined sisterhood?

Short Essay Questions

1. The title of Chapter Seven, "Rethinking the Nature of Work," suggests that ideas about work must change; what changes does the author propose?

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

3. Describe the author's central criticism of feminist theory in Chapter One, "Black Women - Shaping Feminist Theory."

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

5. How does the author feel about including men in the feminist movement?

6. In the 2000 Preface is the author's attitude towards change in the feminist movement positive or negative, and what examples does she give?

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

8. What was the experience of many non-white and lower class women working outside the home?

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

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

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