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# The identification of femininity with morality and a belief in the inn

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07 Dec 2014, 17:49
ironically also means - coincidentally.GIGMAT
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23 Jun 2015, 10:37
Nice passage. All correct. 07 mins though. Took my time.

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The identification of femininity with morality and a belief in the innate 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 and to enter prisons, hospitals, battlefields, and slums. By following this path, some women came to wield considerable authority in the distribution of resources and services in their communities.

The sentimentalized concept of female benevolence bore little resemblance to women's actual work, which was decidedly unsentimental and businesslike, in that it involved chartering societies, raising money, and paying salaries. Moreover, in the face of legal limitations on their right to control money and property, women had to find ingenious legal ways to run and finance organized philanthropy. In contrast to the day-to-day reality of this work, the idealized image of female benevolence lent a sentimental and gracious aura of altruism to the very real authority and privilege that some women commanded--which explains why some women activists clung tenaciously to this ideology. But clinging to this ideology also prevented these women from even attempting to gain true political power because it implied a moral purity that precluded participation in the messy world of partisan politics.

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
D fund-raising for worthy causes
E social work

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.
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.

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.
B The belief in women's innate moral superiority allowed women to exercise political power without participating in partisan politics.
C The cult of female domesticity helped some women to gain power and privilege but kept most women confined to the domestic sphere.
D The ideology of female benevolence empowered women in the realm of social activism but placed limits on their direct political power.
E The idealization of female altruism enabled women to engage in philanthropic activities but prevented them from managing money and property.

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08 Jul 2015, 19:32
1C 2C 3A (One incorrect)

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26 Sep 2015, 09:06
GIGMAT wrote:
can anyone explain me this:
In the passage, the author says
"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 and to enter prisons, hospitals, battlefields, and slums"
Now the word Ironically here means that the ideology of female benevolence was not supposed to empower women in the realm of social activism. Please correct me if i got the meaning of this "ironically" wrong.
Well, if it is correct, then in question 2, choice "c" says just the opposite of it, then how can it be the answer. Please help.

You are interpreting it correctly. It wasn't supposed to do it but Ironically it did and that's what makes it the correct answer
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26 Sep 2015, 09:08
Quoting Ron

What the author describes as "ironic" is precisely the fact that these two things WERE compatible!
I.e., from a simplistic perspective, one might think that "domesticity" would be incompatible with political involvement (since political involvement occurs mostly outside the home). The situation is ironic because, as the author points out, that simplistic perspective is wrong.
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26 Sep 2015, 09:09
I got 3 on 3 in 05:29 mins

That makes me feel elated as I did it fast (as per my standards)

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20 Oct 2015, 12:58
1. C
2. Confused between B and C ( Finally chose C)
3. D
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25 Jul 2016, 23:12
Time taken=5:22

All Correct.........
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27 Jul 2016, 11:08
7 minutes & 7 seconds.

C, C & D

- But i still maintain that the exam pressure gets to me and I end up messing it all up ! Any advice on how to get better at Rc will be very helpful. When I practice, I am pretty decent ( in last 5 passages , out of 17 questions I got 14 right) but I have given mocks where i get 10 out of 12 RC wrong. There has to be something extremely wrong the way i attempt RC while writing a mock!

Any help/ tips will be very appreciated.

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13 Aug 2016, 14:21
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CCD.
I would rate the passage as difficult but questions were easy.
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29 Aug 2016, 00:41
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Took 7 mins , including 2 mins 10 seconds to read
-The author does not provide an opinion
- The author merely states facts on how the cult of female domesticity led to women having an influence on non domestic spheres as well
-The only realm that was out of reach for women was partisan politics

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"enabling them to escape the confines of their traditional domestic spheres and to enter prisons, hospitals, battlefields, and slums."
and "chartering societies, raising money, and paying salaries."

2.
"ideology of female benevolence empowered women in the realm of social activism, enabling them to escape the confines of their traditional domestic spheres"

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the author wants to illustrate that women started to gain power socially but did not enter the realm of politics. Hence option (D) is the right answer.
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31 Aug 2016, 02:55
Took 5.5 minutes: All correct

The crux is "Soft Nature of Women need not necessarily result in actions that were smart".

1) Benevolence gave power for performing social activities

2) The Only limitation on having this kind of ideology was that It prevented women to enter politics, (the official authority)
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18 Feb 2017, 00:04
Took 13 Mins,All correct.
I Faced difficulty in understanding the Vocab used in the paragraph.
Any Suggestion please.How can i improve it?
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19 Mar 2017, 05:13
Relatively easier passage... Took 10 mins..... but one incorrect....Can anyone please explain why the ans of question 1 is not B? There is a sentence in the passage '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 and to enter prisons, hospitals, battlefields, and slums'... So, ideology of female benevolence was not consistent with 'The Domestic Life' of women. Can anyone please explain, what I am missing here?
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05 May 2017, 03:14
Additional question found in Thursdays with Ron:

It can be inferred from the passage that the author believes which of the following about women’s relationship to politics in the nineteenth-century United States?
A) social activism was the best path to political power for women.
B) had women wished to seek true political power they would have had to abandon the ideology of female benevolence
C) women’s desire for true political power was the primary cause of their eventual abandonment of the ideology of female benevolence
D) only women in positions of authority in their communities exercised political influence indirectly through men
E) most men believed that they were protecting women by excluding them from politics

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kivalo wrote:
Additional question found in Thursdays with Ron:

It can be inferred from the passage that the author believes which of the following about women’s relationship to politics in the nineteenth-century United States?
A) social activism was the best path to political power for women.
B) had women wished to seek true political power they would have had to abandon the ideology of female benevolence
C) women’s desire for true political power was the primary cause of their eventual abandonment of the ideology of female benevolence
D) only women in positions of authority in their communities exercised political influence indirectly through men
E) most men believed that they were protecting women by excluding them from politics

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Answer is clearly B for this question , we can get the answer from Below extract

But clinging to this ideology also prevented these women from even attempting to gain true political power because it implied a moral purity that precluded participation in the messy world of partisan politics.
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05 Sep 2017, 03:36
Time taken : 05 min. 55 sec.

All correct. Got confused in Q2, but finally chose C.
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14 Sep 2017, 04:14
It took me 5 minutes and last wrong answer due to silly mistake .Confused political power and partisan politics
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30 Oct 2017, 02:55
7:39 All Correct
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10 Nov 2017, 20:28
Time taken: 7minutes 15 seconds.

3/3 :D
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