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 (2000), what examples does the author give of the problematic status of women in contemporary society?
(a) Low job benefits, high poverty, high divorce rates.
(b) High poverty, high divorce rates, lack of state assistance.
(c) High divorce rates, low job benefits, no enough day care.
(d) High poverty, low status of single mothers, lack of state assistance and health care.

2. Why does the author hold her particular beliefs about prioritizing struggles against different forms of prejudice?
(a) As a black woman, she feels that race is a more pressing matter than feminism.
(b) She holds her views because she needs to maintain her standing in the academic community.
(c) Because she is a women, she places gender issues first.
(d) All are ultimately as destructive of society and the individual as the other.

3. According to the author, in Chapter 1, "Black Women - Shaping Feminist Theory," what were black feminists initially trying to do in the feminist movement?
(a) To get more work.
(b) To expand the basis of feminist thought.
(c) Be more like white feminists.
(d) Make new friends.

4. How does the author support her claims about the reception of black women's efforts in the early feminist movement?
(a) She presents a series of interviews that she conducted.
(b) She cites anecdotal evidence based on personal experience.
(c) She presents statistical research.
(d) She does not support her claims with evidence.

5. The author opens the Preface to the first edition of the book with a description of which group and its experiences in life?
(a) Black Americans living in a small town in Kentucky.
(b) Upper class black professionals.
(c) White upper class American women.
(d) White French feminists.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does the author say about the statement: "I am a feminist"?

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

3. How does the author propose to prioritize the struggles against various forms of prejudice?

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

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

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