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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 were black women's efforts received by white feminists?
(a) They were completely ignored.
(b) They were openly embraced.
(c) They were mostly met with resentment and derision.
(d) They were seen as disorganized.

2. How does the author describe feminism in the U.S.?
(a) As a collective Marxist movement.
(b) As a bourgeois ideology based on liberal individualism.
(c) As a separatist movement.
(d) As a radical revolution.

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

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

5. What general statement does the author make about men that may seem to contradict her other claims?
(a) Sexism is not perpetuated by educated men.
(b) Men are no longer sexist.
(c) All men support and perpetuate sexism and sexist oppression in one form or another.
(d) Most men are unable to truly support feminism.

Short Answer Questions

1. The author states that most women would like to be like ________________.

2. The phrase "suffering cannot be measured and compared quantitatively" comes from which of the following authors?

3. What was the author's initial experience in women's groups?

4. What is the awareness about sexual oppression that the author advocates?

5. What did these early feminists forget to take into account in their beliefs about men?

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

3. What does the author say about feminist writer Betty Friedan's book The Feminine Mystique?

4. Why can total change be a difficult and uncomfortable process, according to the author?

5. In Chapter Twelve, "Feminist Revolution: Development through Struggle," does the author see effectiveness in early feminist attitudes towards change?

6. In the author's view, is idealism enough to enact needed changes?

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

8. In Chapter Eleven, why does the author disagree with early feminist concepts of sexual liberty?

9. Which two kinds of power does the author discuss in Chapter Six, "Changing Perspectives on Power"?

10. What significant effect can feminism have on the family?

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