1. According to the passage, the ideology of female benevolence was consistent with women taking part in each of the following spheres of activity EXCEPT
A. organized philanthropy
B. domestic life
C. electoral politics--Correct
D. fund-raising for worthy causes
E. social work
The least sentence of the paragraph provides the information- "But clinging to this ideology also prevented these women from even attempting to gain true political power"
2. Information in the passage suggests that the author would be most likely to agree with which of the following statements concerning the cult of female domesticity?
A. The cult of female domesticity developed independently of the concept of female benevolence.
B. The cult of female domesticity was incompatible with women's participation in social activism.
C. The cult of female domesticity incorporated ideological elements that actually helped some women to escape from their traditional domestic roles.--Correct
D. The original motivation behind the promotion of the cult of female domesticity was to exclude women from partisan politics.
E. The growth of organized philanthropy in the nineteenth-century United States is ultimately attributable to the cult of female domesticity.
moral superiority of women were fundamental to the cult of female domesticity in the nineteenth-century United States. Ironically, this ideology of female benevolence empowered women in the realm of social activism, enabling them to escape the confines of their traditional domestic spheres
This line in the sentence helps relate the cult of female domesticity--and the escape from traditional domestic sphere.
3. Which of the following best summarizes the main point of the passage?
A. The identification of femininity with morality promoted the notion of women's moral purity while excluding women from positions of authority in their communities.--last line of 1st para mentions opposing point
B. The belief in women's innate moral superiority allowed women to exercise political power without participating in partisan politics.--3rd but last line in 2nd para clarifies that women were prevented from having political authority.
C. The cult of female domesticity helped some women to gain power and privilege but kept most women confined to the domestic sphere.--cult of female domesticity-was actually reason for women to escape from traditional domesticity.
D. The ideology of female benevolence empowered women in the realm of social activism but placed limits on their direct political power.-- Correct
E. The idealization of female altruism enabled women to engage in philanthropic activities but prevented them from managing money and property.--though there were limitations to manage money and property, but women were not prevented to manage so.
I just noted these points and it helped me to bring out the the right 'idea'.--just an alternative.
Please let me know the correct answers.