Feminist Theory from Margin to Center Quiz | Two Week Quiz A

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapters 6 and 7.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How did early (upper middle class, white) feminists regard work?
(a) They saw it as an added burden to the childcare they were already doing.
(b) They wanted to work but did not want to compete with men in the professions.
(c) Work outside the home was equated with freedom from male oppression.
(d) They felt it was less important than education.

2. Why does the author hold her particular beliefs about prioritizing struggles against different forms of prejudice?
(a) All are ultimately as destructive of society and the individual as the other.
(b) Because she is a women, she places gender issues first.
(c) As a black woman, she feels that race is a more pressing matter than feminism.
(d) She holds her views because she needs to maintain her standing in the academic community.

3. For the author, which two main terms had been left out of feminist discussions when she first published her book?
(a) Genetics and the role of the family.
(b) Class and marital status.
(c) Gender and race.
(d) Race and class.

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

5. How does the author view the concept of personal freedom?
(a) It promises to be an idea around which the feminist movement can rally.
(b) It is an honorable and uplifting concept.
(c) It is grounded in preserving the patriarchal, capitalist, individualist status quo.
(d) It runs the risk of promoting sexual infidelity.

Short Answer Questions

1. As stated in the 1984 Preface, what is the primary weakness of feminist theory that the author promises to address in her book?

2. In the first chapter, how does the author characterize the perspective of the women involved in the early feminist movement?

3. How does the author support her claims about the reception of black women's efforts in the early feminist movement?

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

5. What does the author say about the statement: "I am a feminist"?

(see the answer key)

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