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. In general, the title of Chapter 1, "Black Women - Shaping Feminist Theory," relates to which of the following ideas?
(a) Black women are important in shaping the feminist movement and broadening the previously limited perspectives in feminism.
(b) It doesn't relate to any of the aforementioned ideas.
(c) Black women's lives can serve as raw material for white women when they create feminist theory.
(d) Black women can create their own feminist theory; they do not need to participate in the broader movement.

2. As stated in the 1984 Preface, what is the primary weakness of feminist theory that the author promises to address in her book?
(a) Feminist theory is too focused on economics.
(b) Feminist theory does not reach out to younger women.
(c) Feminist theory does not propose concrete solutions for women's empowerment.
(d) It has been developed and presented from the perspective of women with more societal power and privilege.

3. 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) Hating one's family.
(c) Women and schizophrenia.
(d) Women's fears of aging.

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

5. At the end of the Preface (2000), what does the author say regarding "patriarchal mass media" and feminism?
(a) It appropriates feminist language for its own uses.
(b) It trashes feminism or tells the public it is a dead movement.
(c) It completely ignores feminism and feminists.
(d) It creates low self-esteem in feminists.

Short Answer Questions

1. In the Preface to the second edition (2000), how does the author characterize the later reception of her work?

2. According to the author, how are joint analyses of race, class, and gender seen today?

3. How does the author describe Betty Friedan in Chapter 1?

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

5. Overall, what does the author think about the effects of the feminist movement?

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