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. What do women shy away from when it comes to men?

2. How should education be supplemented?

3. Which women in society have the most virtue, according to Wollstonecraft?

4. How are men improved?

5. What is the business of a woman's life?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Wollstonecraft say is the importance of individual education in Chapter 2? How must it be supplemented?

2. What does Jean-Jacques Rousseau argue about the nature of man?

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

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

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

6. How does Wollstonecraft compare women to the rich?

7. What does Wollstonecraft say about women's first impressions in Chapter 6?

8. Why does Wollstonecraft not address every writer who has presented his views on subjugating women?

9. What does Wollstonecraft say about Rousseau's view of women's education?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Compare and contrast Wollstonecraft's view of women with Rousseau's view of women. How are they similar? How are they different? How does Wollstonecraft react to Rousseau's view of women?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Discuss the follies Wollstonecraft addresses in Chapter 13 of A Vindication of the Rights of Woman. What are the follies she addresses? Why are they harmful to women? What, if any, solutions does she offer to combat them?

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