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

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

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

3. Why does the author hold her particular beliefs about prioritizing struggles against different forms of prejudice?
(a) All are ultimately as destructive of society and the individual as the other.
(b) Because she is a women, she places gender issues first.
(c) As a black woman, she feels that race is a more pressing matter than feminism.
(d) She holds her views because she needs to maintain her standing in the academic community.

4. How does the author view women's desires and attempts to be like white men?
(a) She disagrees strongly with this definition of feminism because it sustains the current patriarchal system.
(b) She thinks that it is acceptable for white women but not for black women.
(c) She refrains from commenting because she doesn't want to appear judgmental.
(d) She believes that it is the only way fro women to gain credibility and power in society.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. From which position (or perspective) does the author claim to write in her analysis of feminism and its social manifestations?

2. Why does the author believe that it is important to define feminism from within the movement?

3. Were there ever alternate reactions to black women's efforts to participate in the early feminist movement, and if so what were they?

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

5. What is the definition of feminism proposed by the author?

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