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. How does the author view women's desires and attempts to be like white men?
(a) She refrains from commenting because she doesn't want to appear judgmental.
(b) She disagrees strongly with this definition of feminism because it sustains the current patriarchal system.
(c) She thinks that it is acceptable for white women but not for black women.
(d) She believes that it is the only way fro women to gain credibility and power in society.

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

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. In general, the title of Chapter 1, "Black Women - Shaping Feminist Theory," relates to which of the following ideas?

2. At the end of the Preface to the second edition, where does the author maintain that a feminist path will lead us?

3. How does the author describe the family in "Western society"?

4. From which position (or perspective) does the author claim to write in her analysis of feminism and its social manifestations?

5. Were there ever alternate reactions to black women's efforts to participate in the early feminist movement, and if so what were they?

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