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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. Why are men often encouraged to remove distractions from their lives?
(a) Because the male brain is wired differently than female brains.
(b) So they can become experts in their field.
(c) To ensure maximum financial success.
(d) So they can concentrate on one thing at a time.

2. In what way does Mary describe women who are multi-taskers?
(a) As people with split personalities.
(b) As people living multiple lives.
(c) As people with unfair burdens.
(d) As people constantly solving puzzles.

3. How many faculty members worked below Mary at the college where she once worked?
(a) Twelve.
(b) Eight.
(c) Six.
(d) Ten.

4. Which of the following statements best describes the five women profiled in this book?
(a) All of the answers are true.
(b) They are went through periods of disillusionment.
(c) They are all idealists.
(d) They are all fighters.

5. In what country was Erik, Joan's husband, born?
(a) Denmark.
(b) Poland.
(c) Germany.
(d) Austria.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Mary, what does a true artist take and turn into a masterpiece?

2. What does Mary say Ellen's home "cries out for"?

3. How many sons does Johnnetta have?

4. Which of the following topics most interested Mary Bateson's father in his writing?

5. Who gave Joan's son Jon a blood transfusion when he was sick in the hospital?

Short Essay Questions

1. What prompted Mary's identity crisis after high school?

2. Why didn't Mary ever become president of Amherst University?

3. How do the multiple roles women fill in their daily life affect their self-identity?

4. What is Mary's definition of wisdom?

5. At what times in their lives did Alice and Johnnetta most remember sharing, particularly food?

6. Historically, what members of society usually take the role of caretakers?

7. In what way does "The Ode of Imru'u I-Qays" support Mary's arguments about multiple lives?

8. What two metaphors does Mary use to describe her emotions in dealing with the Amherst presidency?

9. In what way does Ellen's home define her life?

10. How did Mary's views about discontinuity change as she completed this book?

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