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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What assertion does the author make about lower and middle class women and power?
(a) They feel comfortable with the power hierarchy.
(b) They have followed creative and life-affirming models of power.
(c) They do not have the time to create new models of power.
(d) They have given up on attaining any power in their lives.

2. What has happened as a result of the form taken by the majority of feminist writing?
(a) Many women have seen the writing as impractical.
(b) Many uneducated women have been excluded.
(c) More women have been attracted to the movement.
(d) Younger women have been able to relate to feminist writing with more ease.

3. According to the title of Chapter Nine, what is one of the primary goals of the feminist movement?
(a) To end violence, especially against women.
(b) To create a government department overseeing women's issues.
(c) To develop a new rating system for DVDs and video games.
(d) To legalize prostitution.

4. What is the author's main contention about work in Chapter Seven?
(a) There needs to be better statistical data about employment.
(b) The government should create more jobs.
(c) Professors are underpaid.
(d) Ideas and attitudes about work must change.

5. Based on your overall understanding of this text, what approach is suggested by the title, Feminist Theory from Margin to Center?
(a) Feminism is now accepted because it includes men.
(b) Feminist theory is changed, enhanced, and expanded by voices coming from the margins.
(c) Feminism started out on the margins and now it is mainstream.
(d) Feminist theory has been simplified to gain mass appeal.

6. In the author's view, how should the beliefs about motherhood that she discusses be dealt with?
(a) They should be taught in schools.
(b) They should be broken down and eliminated.
(c) They should be embraced by new mothers.
(d) They should be replaced by non-European beliefs.

7. In her discussion of attitudes towards sexuality, what common problem does the author say that women and gay men share?
(a) They share similar oppressions in that neither fit the ideal model of male heterosexuality.
(b) They both need better spokespeople for their movements.
(c) People accuse them of whining.
(d) Their situations are totally dissimilar.

8. Which one of the following ideas is not mentioned by the author in her discussion of how feminist-oriented change can actually come about?
(a) A concerted and sustained effort to change sexist attitudes in women.
(b) A concerted and sustained effort to change sexist attitudes in men.
(c) Armed struggle.
(d) An understanding of the socio-political systems that give rise to and perpetuate sexist attitudes.

9. Following the author's reasoning, what does a societal trend towards women identifying with and pursuing male models of power show?
(a) That women are just as capable as men.
(b) That women lack the ability to develop their own models.
(c) That women do not necessarily experience and wield power differently from men.
(d) It does not really show us anything one way or the other.

10. Which one of the following ideas does not appear in the author's discussion of strategies for dealing with accepted beliefs about motherhood?
(a) Men must be encouraged to believe that they are capable of good parenting.
(b) Parenting must also take place outside the home.
(c) Men should be the breadwinners, not the caregivers.
(d) Men must be encouraged to practice parenting.

11. Besides spreading feminism and its goals, what else would be accomplished by the action promoted by the author?
(a) A better sense of current events.
(b) The dispelling of stereotypes.
(c) Less boredom and frustration.
(d) The creation of new woman-owned franchises.

12. In the author's opinion, how did early feminists view violence against women?
(a) They thought that gender was not really at play in problems of violence.
(b) They frowned on discussing violence at all.
(c) In a way, they echoed patriarchal ideas that men had inbred aggressive tendencies and women had submissive and nurturing tendencies.
(d) They saw men as corrupt and women as innately innocent.

13. How should feminists behave towards consumerism, according to the author?
(a) They should focus on more important things.
(b) They can accept it as a necessary evil.
(c) Buy only what is necessary and thus resist capitalist culture and its connection to sexual oppression.
(d) They should learn aggressive marketing tactics.

14. On what levels of culture and society is violence most likely to exist?
(a) The author does not make a statement one way or the other.
(b) Mostly on the interpersonal level.
(c) On all levels: family, community, government, international relations, etc.
(d) Mostly between countries at war.

15. How did early feminists, and society at the time, view housework?
(a) As something a woman cannot escape.
(b) As relatively easy work.
(c) As an ideal job.
(d) As demeaning.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the author's opinion about the two different groups and how they function?

2. What does the author suggest about many successful feminists and their relationship with power?

3. What is the author's central theory about the nature (and practice) of violence against women?

4. What has been the result of this mode of circulation?

5. What reason does the author give for lower and middle class women's relationship with power?

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