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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 do Beauvoir and Irigaray disagree on?
(a) How gender is presumed to be the same as sex.
(b) How sexality is a societal construction.
(c) How gender asymmetry is generated.
(d) How societal mechanisms create identity.

2. Gender can be constructed for political reasons to take which of the following actions, according to Gender Trouble?
(a) Relieve.
(b) Support.
(c) Judge.
(d) Oppress.

3. The subject of feminism cannot ground which of the following, according to Butler?
(a) Feminine identity.
(b) Masculine identity.
(c) Feminist politics.
(d) Post-feminist politics.

4. Which is true, according to Foucault?
(a) Society does not impact identity.
(b) Societal mechanisms are more important than identity.
(c) Entrapping assumptions are necessary.
(d) Requirements precede identity.

5. Beauvoir thinks that masculine discourse is which of the following?
(a) Powerful.
(b) Circular.
(c) Bigoted.
(d) Fair.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the second effect of counterexamples of well-defined concepts, as pointed out by Butler?

2. Which of the following adjectives does Butler use to describe oppression?

3. Butler describes which of these as not being inevitable?

4. Without recourse to some idea of power, which does Butler believe cannot be achieved?

5. Some feminists believe that what is the cultural interpretation of sex?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Butler describe power structures?

2. Describe Butler's conclusions about sexual desire.

3. What is Kristeva's view of law?

4. What parameters does bisexuality lie outside?

5. Describe Butler's feelings about the body.

6. Explain the concept of a taboo.

7. Why do some feminists say that feminine identity is vital, according to Butler?

8. What are Butler's goals regarding the topic of incest?

9. Are Butler's conclusions effective?

10. How does Butler describe identification as being social constructed?

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