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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 does Erik do for a living?
(a) He is an actor.
(b) He is a veterinarian.
(c) He is a pediatrician.
(d) He is an editor.

2. How does Mrs. Erickson complete her "creative work"?
(a) On scraps of time.
(b) On scraps of paper.
(c) On scraps of money.
(d) On scraps of food.

3. In the past, what was valued above all else in one's life?
(a) Wealth.
(b) Happiness.
(c) Religion.
(d) Stability.

4. What does Mary claim is the best type of relationship?
(a) An equal relationship.
(b) A complementary relationship.
(c) A composite relationship.
(d) A symmetrical relationship.

5. How many role models does Bateson believe each woman should have in her life?
(a) At least three.
(b) Less than ten.
(c) One good one.
(d) An innumerable amount.

Short Answer Questions

1. Alongside her activities program, what else does Joan believe her patients need to heal?

2. Throughout the course of the book, how many women's lives will be studied?

3. Why does Mary claim the differences between men and women are important?

4. What devalued the role of "mother" in the mid 1900s?

5. What does Bateson claim is the next step to improving societal relations?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did Johnnetta's experiences in Cuba change her opinion of race and society?

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

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

4. What conclusion does Mary come to about the success of relationships in academia?

5. According to Bateson, what do humans tend to believe about society?

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

7. What is the most significant memory Alice has of her childhood in Rumania?

8. According to Mary, why did so many male-female relationships in the past fail?

9. According to Bateson, what is the main struggle of minority children living in America?

10. What type of family did Mary Catherine Bateson grow up in?

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