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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 support her claims about the reception of black women's efforts in the early feminist movement?
(a) She presents statistical research.
(b) She does not support her claims with evidence.
(c) She cites anecdotal evidence based on personal experience.
(d) She presents a series of interviews that she conducted.

2. According to the author's Preface (2000), where is visionary feminist discourse increasingly talked about?
(a) In university sororities.
(b) In the corridors of the educated elite.
(c) Inside factories and in union meeting halls.
(d) In beauty parlors.

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

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

5. The author expresses how feminism reacts to "a political system of imperialist, white supremacist, capitalist patriarchy;" how does she view the state of our society today?
(a) Our contemporary society has made race irrelevant.
(b) No advances have been made despite the best efforts of the movement.
(c) Feminism has completely transformed the system at all levels.
(d) In spite of the social advances of the last few decades, this system is still entrenched; therefore, feminist work is still relevant.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to the author, how has the relationship between feminism and the family often been portrayed?

2. At the end of the Preface (2000), what does the author say regarding "patriarchal mass media" and feminism?

3. When and where did the author enroll in her first women's studies class?

4. Which elements define the ideal family for the author?

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 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?

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

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

4. What doe the author mean when she says that black women have no "institutionalized other."

5. Describe the author's views of how modern western cultures deal with the process of change.

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

7. Does the author offer her own definition of feminism in Chapter Two, and if so, what is it?

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

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

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

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