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. According to the author, how has the relationship between feminism and the family often been portrayed?
(a) Feminism has often been portrayed as anti-family and pro-freedom.
(b) Feminism is often perceived as pro-family.
(c) Feminism does not seem to address this issue very clearly.
(d) The family is accepted as a necessary evil.

2. How does the author characterize black women's future role in the feminist movement?
(a) She believes that they will no longer need feminism.
(b) She believes that black women have an important role to play in deepening and broadening the movement.
(c) She describes their future role along the lines of a hostile takeover.
(d) She thinks that they would be better off starting their own movement.

3. What is the social and racial dynamic described by the author at the beginning of the Preface to the first edition of the book?
(a) Upward mobility: Blacks strove to imitate whites and climb the social ladder.
(b) The author does not discuss race until the end of the Preface.
(c) Desegregation: Blacks were finally able to go wherever they wanted.
(d) Segregation: Black people could enter parts of the white people's world, but they could not stay there.

4. Were there ever alternate reactions to black women's efforts to participate in the early feminist movement, and if so what were they?
(a) Black women were always seen as a threat to the movement.
(b) Some white feminists rejected their ideas but most did not.
(c) Black feminists' ideas about class were accepted, but not their ideas about race.
(d) Sometimes their ideas inspired new understanding and growth in the movement.

5. In the first chapter, how does the author characterize the perspective of the women involved in the early feminist movement?
(a) They saw all women as oppressed but had no real awareness of the life of a non-white, non-middle class women.
(b) They were overly concerned with saving poor women.
(c) They thought working women were not true feminists.
(d) Their perspective is difficult to pin down since they were from many different social backgrounds.

Short Answer Questions

1. In the Preface (2000), what examples does the author give of the problematic status of women in contemporary society?

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

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

4. Based on your understanding of the two Prefaces, who does the author wish to reach with her work?

5. How does the author describe feminism in the U.S.?

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