A Vindication of the Rights of Woman Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Mark Wollstonecraft
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. How does Wollstonecraft try to address women, according to the Introduction?

2. What women are too weak and artificial for the author to address in her work?

3. What usually happens to any amount of power a woman gets?

4. What is the only pursuit women are taught to have?

5. What is important to manners?

Short Essay Questions

1. How do men attain regal power? How do their subjects react?

2. How do instructional books written by men treat women?

3. Why does Wollstonecraft not blame women for falling for a rake?

4. Why does Wollstonecraft ask for forgiveness in her Introduction?

5. What is included in A Vindication of the Rights of Woman before the first chapter?

6. What are Rousseau's views on women, according to Chapter 5?

7. What does Wollstonecraft say she is going to start with in Chapter 1?

8. What does Wollstonecraft say she is pessimistic about in the Introduction? What effect does she see as a result?

9. What was clouded reason? What led to reason being clouded?

10. What does Wollstonecraft say about love in Chapter 4? What does she say is better than love?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain Rousseau's perspective of women as revealed in A Vindication of the Rights of Woman. Does this agree with Wollstonecraft's perspective? Why or why not? What does Wollstonecraft think of Rousseau? Why?

Essay Topic 2

Explain the revolution Wollstonecraft calls for in A Vindication of the Rights of Woman. What does she want to happen? Who would lead the revolution? Why is it necessary?

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast Wollstonecraft's educational plan with education today. What elements of Wollstonecraft's plan can be seen in today's educational system? What aspects are not present?

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