The Dance of the Dissident Daughter: A Woman's Journey from Christian Tradition to the Sacred Feminine Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Sue Monk Kidd
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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. When a women refrains from anger, as she is supposed to do, she might end up taking refuge in _____________.

2. Sue's grandmother used to call it _____________ or what Sue begins to realize women need to tell themselves.

3. What are the women in Sue's paintings and drawings missing as she begins to draw her feminine wound?

4. Anne Wilson Sherf notes that being born female is often equated with being born ___________ in some way.

5. Carol P. Christ said that a woman's awakening begins with an experience of ______________ in her life.

Short Essay Questions

1. What are some of the stereotypes of being a good Christian woman, according to Sue's life?

2. What does Sue do in order to symbolically cast away the old when she realizes she needs to get rid of her assumptions?

3. What does Sue point out that many pregnant women apologize to their husbands for?

4. How does Sue begin to define the idea of patriarchy when she starts out this section of the book?

5. How would a person describe the life of Sue Monk Kidd at this point of the book in relation to her family, profession, and religion?

6. What does Sue find happens to girls as they grow older and they enter into their adolescence?

7. What are some of the ways in which snakes have been interpreted in other readings, besides being evil in the Garden of Eden?

8. What is Sue's daughter doing when the two men begin to make insulting comments to her in the opening pages of the book?

9. What causes Sue to begin to weep for weeks over the Feminine Wound which she has begun to understand?

10. What is the story that Sue's friend Betty shares with her about how a family teaches their children about the river?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Sue is careful to not express the anger she begins to feel about the role of women in society and the patriarchy.

Part 1: Why does Sue try to hold back her anger?

Part 2: Does the idea that Sue is holding back her anger come from a sense of control over her emotions by the patriarchy?

Part 3: Would it be better for Sue to express her anger? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 2

The men in the drugstore note that a woman's place is on her knees, which infuriates Sue.

Part 1: Why do you think these men believe that women should be on their knees before men?

Part 2: Do you think that all men believe that women should be subservient?

Part 3: How might you have reacted if you heard the men say that a woman should be on their knees?

Essay Topic 3

Women, according to Sue's research and journey, seem to be held back in life. They are told they cannot do things that men can.

Part 1: Why do you think women are constantly told they cannot do certain things?

Part 2: Do you think it is reasonable to hold anyone back from doing things in their lives?

Part 3: Why are women perceived as the weaker sex? Is this true?

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