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 general, the title of Chapter 1, "Black Women - Shaping Feminist Theory," relates to which of the following ideas?
(a) Black women's lives can serve as raw material for white women when they create feminist theory.
(b) Black women can create their own feminist theory; they do not need to participate in the broader movement.
(c) Black women are important in shaping the feminist movement and broadening the previously limited perspectives in feminism.
(d) It doesn't relate to any of the aforementioned ideas.

2. 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.

3. What were black women mostly encouraged to talk about in the early days of the feminist movement.
(a) Feminist theory.
(b) Race, class. and gender.
(c) Class and privilege.
(d) Race.

4. As stated in the 1984 Preface, what is the primary weakness of feminist theory that the author promises to address in her book?
(a) Feminist theory is too focused on economics.
(b) Feminist theory does not propose concrete solutions for women's empowerment.
(c) It has been developed and presented from the perspective of women with more societal power and privilege.
(d) Feminist theory does not reach out to younger women.

5. What potential effect can feminism have on the family, in the author's view?
(a) It can undermine family stability.
(b) It can transform the family in very positive ways.
(c) It can help maintain the traditional structure of the Western family.
(d) It can draw attention away from the family towards more important things.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What would this change in language suggest?

3. In the Preface to the second edition (2000), how does the author describe the original reception of her book?

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

5. Which elements define the ideal family for the author?

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