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. The author expresses how feminism reacts to "a political system of imperialist, white supremacist, capitalist patriarchy;" how does she view the state of our society today?
(a) Our contemporary society has made race irrelevant.
(b) Feminism has completely transformed the system at all levels.
(c) In spite of the social advances of the last few decades, this system is still entrenched; therefore, feminist work is still relevant.
(d) No advances have been made despite the best efforts of the movement.

2. The phrase "the problem that has no name" refers to which of the following issues?
(a) The psychological malaise of all women in American society due to gender roles.
(b) Women's fears of aging.
(c) Women and schizophrenia.
(d) Hating one's family.

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

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

5. For the author, which two main terms had been left out of feminist discussions when she first published her book?
(a) Race and class.
(b) Gender and race.
(c) Class and marital status.
(d) Genetics and the role of the family.

Short Answer Questions

1. In Chapter 1, what key term does the author use to talk about the "racial politic" in the U.S.?

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

3. At the end of the Preface (2000), what does the author say regarding "patriarchal mass media" and feminism?

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

5. In the Preface, which four factors are most central to the author's argument about a person's position in society?

(see the answer key)

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