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

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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What was the author's initial experience in women's groups?
(a) No one would look at her.
(b) White women did not treat women of color as equals.
(c) Everyone was really open-minded.
(d) She found solidarity with women from very different backgrounds.

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

3. 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) In spite of the social advances of the last few decades, this system is still entrenched; therefore, feminist work is still relevant.
(c) Feminism has completely transformed the system at all levels.
(d) No advances have been made despite the best efforts of the movement.

4. What is the primary "point of contact" between the oppressor and the oppressed?
(a) Absence of choices.
(b) The work environment.
(c) There is very little actual contact.
(d) Marriage.

5. 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) It has been developed and presented from the perspective of women with more societal power and privilege.
(c) Feminist theory does not reach out to younger women.
(d) Feminist theory does not propose concrete solutions for women's empowerment.

Short Answer Questions

1. In the Preface to the second edition, what is the first factor considered by black parents when a child is born, according to the author?

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

3. The author opens the Preface to the first edition of the book with a description of which group and its experiences in life?

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

5. What is the social and racial dynamic described by the author at the beginning of the Preface to the first edition of the book?

(see the answer key)

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