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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is the author's central theory about the nature (and practice) of violence against women?
(a) It is a manifestation and perpetuation of traditional patriarchal thought that men are powerful and women are victims.
(b) It is a result of women entering the workforce in large numbers.
(c) It is an innate part of male biology.
(d) Women invite violence by the way they dress.

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

3. 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.

4. Who is affected by sexist attitudes in the author's view?
(a) Both men and women.
(b) Women.
(c) Gay men.
(d) No one.

5. What reason does the author give for lower and middle class women's relationship with power?
(a) They need further political education.
(b) They work all the time.
(c) They have met with a lot of defeat.
(d) They have lived in circumstances that required self-reliance, rather than dependency.

6. How is the long and painstaking process of change experienced by societies like the United States?
(a) As frustrating but entertaining.
(b) As foreign, unappealing, and frustrating.
(c) As boring.
(d) As relatively easy.

7. 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 an ideal job.
(d) As demeaning.

8. How does the author view housework?
(a) As creative and life-affirming-sometimes more so than work outside the home.
(b) As demeaning.
(c) As extremely tiring.
(d) As women's work.

9. What ideas about parenting does the author initially discuss?
(a) Feminist ideas about parenting.
(b) European ideas of parenting.
(c) Same sex couples' ideas about parenting.
(d) Parenting in American television sitcoms.

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

11. How does the author herself feel about the slow process of change and all the work that it involves?
(a) It will take less time than most people imagine.
(b) It is necessary if deeply held sexist, capitalist, imperialist beliefs are to change for the long term.
(c) It is extremely discouraging and tiresome for feminists who have been involved for some time.
(d) Her generation will not see the effects of true change.

12. Which one of the following is true of the author beliefs about child care centers?
(a) They should be run with discipline and order.
(b) They should be run exclusively by women.
(c) They should be staffed by workers of both genders.
(d) They should not provide food for the children's lunches.

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

14. What can the kind of power practiced by women from non-affluent communities enable them to do?
(a) It enables them to reinforce the patriarchal model of power.
(b) It will not enable them to change anything.
(c) It can enable them to resist exploitation, freeing them to transform society for the better.
(d) It will enable them to keep their jobs.

15. What aspects of society, for example, would women be able to work towards changing if they were freed from exploitation.
(a) Instituting new national holidays.
(b) Politics and economics.
(c) Religion.
(d) City planning.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does the author view the kind of power practiced by women from non-affluent communities?

2. What is violence truly a manifestation of for the author?

3. In the author's view, what is the result, or effect, of some successful feminists' particular relationship with power?

4. On what levels of culture and society is violence most likely to exist?

5. What will happen if people follow the course of action regarding beliefs about motherhood proposed by the author?

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