Feminist Theory from Margin to Center Quiz | Eight Week Quiz A

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapter 1.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. In the Preface to the first edition (1984), which two key terms in her analysis does the author introduce?
(a) Margin and center.
(b) Inside and outside.
(c) Liberal and conservative.
(d) Intellectual and illiterate.

3. For the author, what perspective really changed the direction of feminist thought?
(a) Looking back at women's history.
(b) Accepting men into the movement.
(c) Creating women's studies departments in universities.
(d) Looking at the interlocking nature of race, class, and gender.

4. The author cites Lillian Hellman's autobiography as an example of what kind of phenomenon?
(a) An rare example of working class writing.
(b) White women being afraid to tell their domestic servants what to do.
(c) White women projecting mythical power and strength on black women while presenting themselves as powerless.
(d) An early white feminist who listened to women of color.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How does the author view women's desires and attempts to be like white men?

2. As stated in the 1984 Preface, what is the primary weakness of feminist theory that the author promises to address in her book?

3. "The problem that has no name" is a quotation by which author?

4. For the author, which two main terms had been left out of feminist discussions when she first published her book?

5. For the author, what must happen to feminism in order for it to have "a revolutionary, transformative impact on society"?

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