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 claims that women are often identified with which of the following terms?

2. Butler states that women must take which approach?

3. Butler describes feminists as often hoping for which of the following?

4. Who does Butler lean toward in terms of gender asymmetry?

5. Which of the following describes power structures as Butler sees them?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the significance of poetry in Gender Trouble?

2. Describe Wittig's views and arguments.

3. What does Butler hope Gender Trouble will affirm?

4. What does Butler say about the causes of laws?

5. What does Butler think about coalitions?

6. Describe the argument between Foucault and Barbin.

7. According to Herculine's arguments, how can sexual nonidentity be achieved?

8. Why and how is gender created to oppress, according to Butler?

9. According to Butler, what happens if the distinction between sex and gender is pushed too far?

10. Describe the path Butler outlines that leads to identification.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe female identity as Butler describes society as constructing it. Why does Butler see society's view of women as pertaining to male sexual desire? Does she support these arguments effectively?

Essay Topic 2

Why does Lacan describe women as symbolizing the phallus? Does Butler agree or disagree with this concept? What literary devices does Butler use to show her approval or contempt of this idea?

Essay Topic 3

Analyze the disagreement between Beauvoir ad Irigaray about how gender asymmetry is generated. Which does Butler side with?

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