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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 Preface to the second edition (2000), how does the author characterize the later reception of her work?
(a) The people who first rejected the book came to regard the author's innovations as necessary and valuable.
(b) Male academics find the work too exclusive.
(c) Women of color still feel that the author does not address their concerns.
(d) Many people embrace her ideas but do not give her any credit for them.

2. What is the primary "point of contact" between the oppressor and the oppressed?
(a) Marriage.
(b) Absence of choices.
(c) The work environment.
(d) There is very little actual contact.

3. In Chapter 3, "The Significance of Feminist Movement," the author discusses which of the following themes?
(a) Famous personalities within the feminist movement.
(b) The potential social and political benefits of the feminist movement.
(c) The effects of feminism on foreign policy.
(d) The major shortcomings of the feminist movement.

4. At the end of the Preface to the second edition, where does the author maintain that a feminist path will lead us?
(a) To a world of peace, freedom, and justice, without sexism or domination.
(b) To a major battle between the forces of peace and of domination.
(c) To a world where sexism is kept at a minimum.
(d) To a world where women have equality with men.

5. How does the author describe Betty Friedan in Chapter 1?
(a) As the author of a seminal feminist work whose theories have a white, middle-class bias.
(b) As a marginal woman who rose to prominence.
(c) As a major proponent of integration within the feminist movement.
(d) As a creative genius who was misunderstood.

Short Answer Questions

1. In Chapter 2, what are the author's thoughts on a universally accepted definition of feminism?

2. What belief about men did early feminists act out, according to the author.

3. What is the social and racial dynamic described by the author at the beginning of the Preface to the first edition of the book?

4. What assertion does the author make (once again) about who benefits from the current feminist movement?

5. What must be learned in order for the feminist movement to be successful?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does the author discuss feminists views on housework?

3. Describe the author's discussion of early feminist attitudes towards men.

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

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

6. What reasons does the author give for people finding themselves at the center of society?

7. Do early feminists beliefs about violence support traditional patriarchal concepts of gender?

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

9. Describe the kind of power that the author sees in communities of economically disadvantaged women.

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

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