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Mary Catherine Bateson
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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What type of marriage does Jack have with his wife?
(a) A boring relationship in which they live more like roommates than lovers.
(b) An open marriage - they are allowed to date other people.
(c) A disastrous, abusive relationship.
(d) A supportive, loving, and faithful marriage.

2. What do both Ellen and Steve do for a living?
(a) They are writers.
(b) They are psychiatrists.
(c) They are painters.
(d) They are teachers.

3. Alongside her activities program, what else does Joan believe her patients need to heal?
(a) Time.
(b) Therapy.
(c) Love.
(d) Medicine.

4. How was the MIT Alice was very close to killed in New York?
(a) She had a heart attack.
(b) She was shot.
(c) She drown.
(d) She was hit by a car.

5. Which of Mary's grandparents was a scientist?
(a) Her paternal grandfather.
(b) Her maternal grandfather.
(c) Her paternal grandmother.
(d) Her maternal grandmother.

Short Answer Questions

1. In what decade did the consciousness of women begin to be raised about inequality?

2. Which of the following metaphors runs through the entire first chapter of the text?

3. Which of the following subjects did Erik study?

4. Which of the women in the book are looking for "symmetrical relationships"?

5. Which of the following types of individuals tend to avoid "traditional" lives?

Short Essay Questions

1. According to Bateson, how do rhythms affect life?

2. According to Bateson, how is life like jazz music?

3. How did Johnnetta's relationship with her husband change after they moved to Africa?

4. What is the nature of Jack's relationship with Alice?

5. According to Bateson, what role do successful parents play in ensuring, or deterring, the success of their daughters?

6. How did Johnnetta use her academic experience to change the definition of what it meant to live "as a black woman"?

7. In what ways does Bateson use riddles to express the way individuals identify their personal convictions and ideals?

8. What does it mean to Mary to live in "a life in flux", and how did this affect her choosing of which women would appear in the book?

9. According to Bateson, how do today's values for a "good life" differ from traditional values?

10. What is the traditional male-female relationship, and how did this begin to change in the 1960s?

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