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. What does the author say about the statement: "I am a feminist"?
(a) This statement allows women to feel more empowered and gain more respect.
(b) She worries that it is not forceful enough.
(c) She does not think that women want to back up the statement with actions.
(d) She says it may imply a rigid us vs. them mentality or belief system.

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

3. What is the definition of feminism proposed by the author?
(a) Feminism should be understood as total personal freedom for everyone.
(b) Feminism must be defined as community before anything else.
(c) Everyone should develop her own definition of feminism.
(d) The struggle to end sexist oppression in all its forms, whether economic, political, social, or sexual.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. In Chapter 1, the author states that feminist theory and the feminist movement were originally shaped by which type of people?

2. How does the author characterize the aims of the feminist movement in relationship to other movements?

3. In the Preface to the first edition (1984), what general theme does the author present?

4. What would this change in language suggest?

5. How does the author characterize black women's future role in the feminist movement?

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