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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. Which of the following women most frequently collaborates with her husband on professional projects?
(a) Joan.
(b) Johnnetta.
(c) Ellen.
(d) Mary.

2. What is the name of Jack's wife?
(a) Mary.
(b) Jean.
(c) Alice.
(d) Linda.

3. Which of the women in the book are looking for "symmetrical relationships"?
(a) All of the women.
(b) Alice and Joan.
(c) None of the wome.
(d) Ellen and Johnnetta.

4. What does it mean to "compose a life"?
(a) Understanding how individuals are shaped by their parents.
(b) Forgetting history to embrace individualism and self-empowerment.
(c) Opening oneself up to the world.
(d) Collecting pieces from the past to understand today.

5. In what city were Joan and Erik married?
(a) Paris.
(b) Berlin.
(c) Vienna.
(d) London.

Short Answer Questions

1. What part of America did Johnnetta grow up in?

2. Which of the following best describes the way the women in the text will "compose their lives"?

3. What does Alice believe is the art form of the 21st century?

4. What activity brings Mary and Barkev together, closer than they were before they were first married?

5. Which of the following topics is of most interest to Ellen?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Bateson believe is the next big step for humanity across the world?

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

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

4. What struggles did Ellen note in the way ERs in Boston organized their time schedules?

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

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

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

8. What happened to Alice after Jack died unexpectedly?

9. What was Erik's theory of the life cycle while he was studying under Freud in the West Coast?

10. What does it mean for one to compose their life as an "emergent vision"?

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