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

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapters 2 and 3.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. In the Preface to the second edition (2000), how does the author describe the original reception of her book?
(a) It was rejected by mainstream feminists.
(b) Women of color claimed it focused mostly on white women so they rejected it.
(c) It started a riot.
(d) It was embraced by all feminists for its thought-provoking content.

2. From which position (or perspective) does the author claim to write in her analysis of feminism and its social manifestations?
(a) From an elite position.
(b) From a religious perspective.
(c) From the margins.
(d) From a foreign perspective.

3. In the Preface to the second edition, what is the first factor considered by black parents when a child is born, according to the author?
(a) Race, then size.
(b) Gender, then race.
(c) Race, then gender.
(d) Gender, then size.

4. Why does the author believe that it is important to define feminism from within the movement?
(a) Because it helps to combat negative stereotypes placed on it from without, and it can create growth within the movement.
(b) It makes feminists appear more organized.
(c) Because it fosters pride among feminists.
(d) It provides direction for newcomers to the movement.

5. Which definition of feminism does not work, according to the author?
(a) A definition that revolves around equal rights for all people.
(b) One that is grounded in the desire for equality with men.
(c) A definition that completely rejects patriarchy.
(d) One that looks for new definitions of equality.

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. How were black women's efforts received by white feminists?

4. The author cites Lillian Hellman's autobiography as an example of what kind of phenomenon?

5. According to the author, in Chapter 1, "Black Women - Shaping Feminist Theory," what were black feminists initially trying to do in the feminist movement?

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