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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 college did Mary once teach at?
(a) Amherst.
(b) Princeton.
(c) Oxford.
(d) Harvard.

2. In what situation does Mary describe children as caregivers?
(a) As carers for parents.
(b) As carers for imaginary friends.
(c) As carers for siblings.
(d) As carers for pets.

3. What does Mary hope will be the topic of her next book?
(a) Mary does not intend to write another book.
(b) Parenting.
(c) Friendship and poetry.
(d) The Middle East.

4. After a period of disillusionment, each of the women in the book have learned how to create commitment without what?
(a) Resentment.
(b) Forgiveness.
(c) Dependence.
(d) Romance.

5. After the debacle of her presidency, what did Mary learn was an important element to a happy life?
(a) Skepticism.
(b) Trust.
(c) Strength.
(d) Naivety.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who does Mary claim creates the most amount of work for a woman in the household?

2. Which woman struggles with sibling rivalry, and dividing her attention among her children?

3. Which of the following is NOT a sickness Joan's children suffered from when they were young?

4. Which of the following is the theme of the final chapter of "Composing a Life"?

5. Which of the following is NOT a building Mary claims can be "a joint composition"?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is the Project Hope homeless shelter different than the Pine Street Inn?

2. What is the main difference between men and women in regards to "multiple lives"?

3. Why did Jon need a blood transfusion when he was young?

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

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

6. What leads Mary to the statement that all five of the women profiled in the book are "idealists"?

7. In what ways is leading multiple lives similar to having "heightened wisdom"?

8. What does Mary mean when she says that all five of the women in the book are "conservers"?

9. What is Mary's definition of wisdom?

10. In what ways does Johnnetta's home define her life?

(see the answer keys)

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