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

2. Butler believed that the definition of what word should be permanently deferred?

3. What does Butler want to see in relation to politics?

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

5. Butler describes language as a tool of which of the following?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is gender identification?

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

3. According to Butler, what is a woman's identity associated with?

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

5. Describe Herculine Barbin.

6. What is Kristeva's view of law?

7. What are the effects of the counterexamples of well-defined concepts, such as a well-defined category of women?

8. How does Butler propose one can explode categories and oppositions?

9. Why does Lacan think women symbolize the phallus?

10. Why does Lacan find language misleading?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

In general, do you find Butler's arguments to be valid? Which arguments are the most valid? Which arguments seem to be the least valid?

Essay Topic 3

What is Butler's thesis in Gender Trouble? Describe the significance of Butler's thesis as well as how well she supports it. What elements of the thesis are weak? Which are strong?

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