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Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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) Armed struggle.
(b) A concerted and sustained effort to change sexist attitudes in women.
(c) An understanding of the socio-political systems that give rise to and perpetuate sexist attitudes.
(d) A concerted and sustained effort to change sexist attitudes in men.

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

3. In the author's view, what is the result, or effect, of some successful feminists' particular relationship with power?
(a) It makes men extremely jealous.
(b) It reverses gender roles in a positive way.
(c) It perpetuates the very sexism they claim to strive against.
(d) It destroys less powerful women's chances.

4. According to the author, tensions about motherhood existed between which two schools of thought?
(a) Between early feminist thinking and traditional conception of motherhood.
(b) Between doctors and midwives.
(c) Between Americans and Europeans.
(d) Between feminists and civil rights activists.

5. What do early feminist concepts of sexual liberty represent for the author?
(a) A chance to finally be free from male desires.
(b) A more practical approach to sex.
(c) She does not say what they represent for her.
(d) Another manifestation of women adopting male-defined, heterosexist attitudes.

6. What observations does the author make about women and the practice of violence?
(a) Women are more violent as teenagers.
(b) Women are essentially nonviolent by nature.
(c) Women also have a capacity for violence and many condone and advocate war.
(d) Women are actually more violent than men.

7. Which of the following ideas does not appear in the author's discussion of long accepted views of motherhood?
(a) The mother is the only parent capable of good parenting.
(b) It is a woman's unique gift and should be held sacred.
(c) The home is the only place where good parenting can occur.
(d) Women should not nurse in public.

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

9. How does consumerism relate to the author's discussion of power?
(a) It does not come up in her discussion at all.
(b) Feminists should tap into consumer culture to gain power.
(c) Combatting consumerism is a positive manifestation of women's power.
(d) Feminists should not be distracted from fighting sexism by focusing on resisting consumerism.

10. What qualities does the author promote in this final chapter on change via the feminist movement?
(a) Aggression and intellectual aptitude.
(b) Suspicion and perseverance.
(c) Patience and active struggle.
(d) Patience and submission.

11. What is violence truly a manifestation of for the author?
(a) Imperialism, power, and a hierarchy of control.
(b) Insecurity.
(c) Sexual inadequacy.
(d) Hatred of women, especially the mother.

12. How did early (upper middle class, white) feminists regard work?
(a) They felt it was less important than education.
(b) They wanted to work but did not want to compete with men in the professions.
(c) They saw it as an added burden to the childcare they were already doing.
(d) Work outside the home was equated with freedom from male oppression.

13. Related to the issue of feminist writing, between which two groups does the author notice tension in the greater feminist movement?
(a) The tension between those who write and discuss theories and ideas and those who engage in direct activism to support the feminist movement.
(b) The tension between younger and older women.
(c) The tension between those who are idealistic and those who are practical.
(d) The tension between those who advocate scientific analysis and those advocating political manifestos.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. How does the author herself feel about the slow process of change and all the work that it involves?

2. How does the author characterize the majority of feminist writing?

3. According to the author, in what form has feminist thought primarily been circulated?

4. How did many lower/middle class and/or non-white women respond to this view of work?

5. How is violence often represented in western culture?

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