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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.
Multiple Choice Questions
1. What can the kind of power practiced by women from non-affluent communities enable them to do?
(a) It can enable them to resist exploitation, freeing them to transform society for the better.
(b) It will not enable them to change anything.
(c) It enables them to reinforce the patriarchal model of power.
(d) It will enable them to keep their jobs.
2. What observations does the author make about women and the practice of violence?
(a) Women are essentially nonviolent by nature.
(b) Women are actually more violent than men.
(c) Women also have a capacity for violence and many condone and advocate war.
(d) Women are more violent as teenagers.
3. How does the author view the kind of power practiced by women from non-affluent communities?
(a) As an imitation of patriarchal models of power
(b) As an ideal kind of power.
(c) As a new form of slavery.
(d) As a disappointment.
4. Overall, what is the author's approach to presenting feminist ideas in this book?
(a) She presents other people's work but rarely discusses her own ideas.
(b) She presents male stereotypes about women then proceeds to refute them.
(c) Usually she presents early feminist ideas, points out their failings, and proposes alternatives.
(d) In general, she focuses on more recent developments in feminism.
5. What has desensitized women and men to violence in the author's view?
(a) Its use in everyday language.
(b) Their families.
(c) Its prevalence in the media.
(d) She does not feel that women have become desensitized to violence.
6. What does the author suggest about many successful feminists and their relationship with power?
(a) They embody and/or capitalize upon male definitions of power and success.
(b) They become power hungry to the point of fanaticism.
(c) They try to dominate men.
(d) They develop an inferiority complex.
7. What has been the result of this mode of circulation?
(a) It has limited access to feminist ideas to those who own televisions.
(b) It has kept feminist thought more localized, since word of mouth does not travel over large distances.
(c) It has made feminist thought accessible to a wider range of women.
(d) It has limited participation in the movement to those who can read.
8. How does the author view housework?
(a) As demeaning.
(b) As women's work.
(c) As creative and life-affirming-sometimes more so than work outside the home.
(d) As extremely tiring.
9. What aspects of society, for example, would women be able to work towards changing if they were freed from exploitation.
(a) Politics and economics.
(c) Instituting new national holidays.
(d) City planning.
10. How did early feminists, and society at the time, view housework?
(a) As relatively easy work.
(b) As something a woman cannot escape.
(c) As demeaning.
(d) As an ideal job.
11. How does consumerism relate to the author's discussion of power?
(a) Combatting consumerism is a positive manifestation of women's power.
(b) It does not come up in her discussion at all.
(c) Feminists should tap into consumer culture to gain power.
(d) Feminists should not be distracted from fighting sexism by focusing on resisting consumerism.
12. According to the title of Chapter Nine, what is one of the primary goals of the feminist movement?
(a) To create a government department overseeing women's issues.
(b) To end violence, especially against women.
(c) To legalize prostitution.
(d) To develop a new rating system for DVDs and video games.
13. Related to education, what does the author see as one of the primary goals of feminism?
(a) Encouraging women to challenge their male professors.
(b) Encouraging women to take more business classes.
(c) Encouraging women to strive for education and develop their intellects.
(d) Encouraging women not to get lose sight of their families in their quest for an education.
14. What is violence truly a manifestation of for the author?
(a) Sexual inadequacy.
(c) Hatred of women, especially the mother.
(d) Imperialism, power, and a hierarchy of control.
15. According to the author, in what form has feminist thought primarily been circulated?
(a) Through television commercials.
(b) By word of mouth.
(c) Via the radio.
(d) Via the written word (e.g. books, pamphlets, etc.).
Short Answer Questions
1. On what levels of culture and society is violence most likely to exist?
2. Why did many lower/middle class and/or non-white women respond to early feminist views on work as they did?
3. Which one of the following ideas does not appear in the author's discussion of strategies for dealing with accepted beliefs about motherhood?
4. Based on your overall understanding of this text, what approach is suggested by the title, Feminist Theory from Margin to Center?
5. What is the author's main contention about work in Chapter Seven?
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