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

2. 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) Desegregation: Blacks were finally able to go wherever they wanted.
(b) Upward mobility: Blacks strove to imitate whites and climb the social ladder.
(c) Segregation: Black people could enter parts of the white people's world, but they could not stay there.
(d) The author does not discuss race until the end of the Preface.

3. How does the author feel about defining feminism as enabling total personal freedom?
(a) She sees this as the most favorable definition of feminism.
(b) She thinks it is immoral.
(c) She finds the definition to vague.
(d) She sees it as very limiting for women since it is a male-defined model.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What would this change in language suggest?

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

3. How has the author's own perception of her book held up?

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

5. In Chapter 2, what are the author's thoughts on a universally accepted definition of feminism?

(see the answer key)

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