Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. Butler states that if the distinction between sex and gender is pushed too far, the idea of gender becomes of the following?

2. What is homoeroticism?

3. According to Butler, binary restrictions on sex are constructed to serve which of the following?

4. Beauvoir thinks that masculine discourse is which of the following?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. How was the feminine identity created, according to Foucault?

2. What is Kristeva's view of law?

3. What parameters does bisexuality lie outside?

4. Describe Wittig's views and arguments.

5. What is the purpose of binary restrictions?

6. How does Butler describe drag?

7. What is Butler's main question in Gender Trouble?

8. Describe the argument between materialism and Lacanian positions.

9. What does Butler say about intelligible genders?

10. What is a consequence that Butler suggests results from the lack of clarity between distinctions?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What role does symbolism play in Gender Trouble? What are some of the symbols used in the text? Examine the use of at least two, as well as their purpose in the context of the book.

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the significance of the journals written by Herculine Barbin. What is the significance of Barbin's ideas and theories? How does Butler support and critique them?

Essay Topic 3

Levi-Strauss makes points about homoeroticism and incest. How does Butler portray the arguments that Levi-Strauss makes? Does she agree or disagree with him?

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