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The movement for women’s rights traces its origin to the first half of the nineteenth century. The Seneca Falls Convention, held in Seneca Falls, New York in July of 1848, is commonly regarded as the beginning of the women's rights movement in the United States. This conference was preceded by a series of ground-breaking events that made possible this seminal milestone in the history of American women.

The idea for the convention emerged during the 1840 World Anti-Slavery Convention in London, a conference that precluded its female delegates from participation in discussions. Lucretia Mott, a famous women’s rights activist, wrote in her diary that calling the 1840 convention a “world” convention "was a mere poetical license." She had accompanied her husband to London but had to sit behind a partition with other women activists, including Elizabeth Cady Stanton, who later became one of the main forces behind the Seneca Falls Convention.

During the early 1840s, Elizabeth Cady Stanton composed the Declaration of Sentiments, a document modeled after the Declaration of Independence, declaring the rights of women. At the time of its composition, the Declaration of Sentiments was so bold that when Elizabeth Stanton showed the draft to her husband, he stated that if she read it at the Seneca Falls Convention, he would have to leave town. The Declaration contained several new resolutions. It proclaimed that all men and women are born equal and stated that no man could withhold a woman's rights, take her property, or preclude her from the right to vote. This Declaration also became the foundation for the Seneca Falls Convention.

On July 19-20, 1848, the Seneca Falls Convention brought together 240 delegates between ages 22 and 60, including forty men, who spent the two days at the conference debating, refining and voting on the Declaration of Sentiments. Most of the declaration’s resolutions received unanimous support and were officially endorsed. Later in 1848, the Seneca Falls convention was followed by an even larger meeting in Rochester, New York. Thereafter, national women's conventions were held annually, contributing to the growing momentum in the movement for women's rights.


1. Which of the following best describes the main purpose of the passage above?

A. To compare the origin of the women’s rights movement with the current-day situation.
B. To support further expansion of women’s rights in the United States.
C. To criticize the nineteenth-century restrictions on women’s rights.
D. To explain the reasons for the opposition to the Seneca Falls Convention.
E. To discuss the origin of the women’s rights movement.



2. The passage provides information about each of the following, EXCEPT

A. the days on which the Seneca Falls Convention was held
B. the month in which the convention in Rochester was held
C. the year in which the World Anti-Slavery Convention was held
D. the number of candidates participating in the Seneca Falls Convention
E. the location of the World Anti-Slavery Convention



3. The second paragraph of the passage plays which of the following roles?

A. Provides details about the Declaration of Sentiments.
B. Discusses the events leading to the World Anti-Slavery Convention.
C. Describes the position of Lucretia Mott’s husband towards her attendance of the World Anti-Slavery Convention.
D. Demonstrates how the World Anti-Slavery Convention may have contributed to the momentum behind the movement for women’s rights.
E. Explains the reasons for the limited participation of women in the World Anti-Slavery Convention.



4. Which of the following can be most reasonably inferred from the passage?

A. Most of the delegates of the Seneca Falls Convention subsequently attended the 1848 convention in Rochester, New York.
B. The Declaration of Sentiments stated that women must not be confined to housekeeping occupations.
C. The Seneca Falls Convention gathered more than 190 women, none of whom were younger than 20 years old.
D. The husband of Elizabeth Cady Stanton left town after she read the Declaration of Sentiments at the Seneca Falls Convention.
E. Most delegates at the 1840 World Anti-Slavery Convention were men.


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Can somebody explain why D for question 3? Why not A??
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Can somebody explain why D for question 3? Why not A??


Declaration of sentiments is discussed in paragraph 3 not 2. Paragraph 2 starts from "The idea for the convention emerged ". So, A is wrong.

Para 2 actually tells us how the whole idea emerged. Hence D
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You may have confused 3rd para with 2nd para
Check again.
In second para it is clearly stated that the reason for Declaration may have been the Anti slave Convention
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Can somebody explain why D for question 3? Why not A??

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Hi,
For Q4, why isn't E correct?
Is it because "Most delegates at the 1840 World Anti-Slavery" & delegates having discussion is different?
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For Q4, why isn't E correct?
Is it because "Most delegates at the 1840 World Anti-Slavery" & delegates having discussion is different?


E is incorrect because we are given
"On July 19-20, 1848, the Seneca Falls Convention brought together 240 delegates between ages 22 and 60, including forty men, who spent the two days at the conference debating, refining and voting on the Declaration of Sentiments."

Notice the bolded portion above. We had 240 delegates but out of those we don't know how many men and women were there.

40 Men given are those who spent two days,.... , we are not sure if these were the only men or do we have other men delegates as well.
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Thanks, but I asked about E - which talks about the Anti slavery ... not the Seneca Falls convention. The bolded portion shows why C is correct.
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Thanks, but I asked about E - which talks about the Anti slavery ... not the Seneca Falls convention. The bolded portion shows why C is correct.


ohh sorry, I missed that.

We are given that "a conference that precluded its female delegates" but it is also given that " She had accompanied her husband to London but had to sit behind a partition with other women activists,". So, although women were precluded from the delegate they were still present there. Now we actually don't know whether the number of female delegates present at the convention was greater than that of men. So, we cannot infer E.
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Hi guys! Can someone please explain why C is the answer to question 4?

I arrived at option A, but didn't consider C because it doesn't need to be inferred really. It is quite clearly stated in the passage - around 240 delegates attended, of which 40 were men, hence 190 women.

Please help.


Just my two cents. But by choosing option A, you're assuming that the Rochester convention was larger because majority of people in the previous convention + more attended.. but it could be a totally different crowd

For option C, you are inferring because the passage didn't point blank state +190 women (you did the math 240 people - 40 men = 200 women). You even used the word "hence" which signifies an inference on your part. Same goes for the age.

hope I made sense!
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