Composing a Life Test | Final Test - Hard

Mary Catherine Bateson
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. In what way did Erik constantly show care for his wife and Mary during their interview sessions?

2. Which of the women adopted a daughter named Sarah late in life?

3. Which word completes the following sentence, "Caretaking is always a __________________ relationship"?

4. How does Mary feel about full-time female workers that also come home and cook for their families?

5. What is the key to organizing multiple lives at once?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What has changed about caretaking in recent years, according to Mary's research on society?

6. What was Mary Bateson's father's thesis in his writings about ecology?

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

8. How does Johnnetta feel about the need to divide her time between her private and personal lives?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In chapter seven, Mary Bateson makes the statement that Americans are more comfortable giving things away completely than sharing. What do you think Bateson means by this saying? Do you agree with her? Why or why not? Finally, explain how you think this statement relates to the five women presented in the novel. Does this statement summarize any one woman or relationship in the text? If so, how? Be sure to include examples from the text to help strengthen your arguments.

Essay Topic 2

In the final chapter of the book, Mary discusses global humanity. First, describe Mary's views on global humanity and explain how this expansive topic fits into her theme of composing a life. How does the idea of global humanity relate back to the interviews with the five women and their journey toward "synergy"? Finally, explain what message the reader walks away from this book with, particularly in relation to the themes of the final chapter. Be sure to include examples from the text to help strengthen your arguments.

Essay Topic 3

In chapter four, Bateson takes an aside to explain what she thinks about society, specifically in regards to culture in society. First, describe how Bateson believes cultures function within society. Historically speaking, how does society respond to culture? What does Bateson believe is the next big change societies need to make to truly create a "crazy quilt"? Then, choose one of the women in the text and describe how their work - either professionally or personally - has striven to alter the way culture is viewed in society. Be sure to include examples from the text to strengthen your arguments.

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