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The first is a speech given by Sojourner Truth in 1851 at the Women's Convention in Akron, Ohio. (As a historical text, this uses antiquated language.) The second is part of Carrie Chapman Catt's "Address to the Congress on Women's Suffrage" in 1917.
Ain't I a Woman?
"Well, children, where there is so much racket there must be something out of kilter.I think that 'twixt the negroes of the South and the women of the North, all talkingabout rights, the white men will be in a fix pretty soon. But what's all this here talkingabout?05That man over there says that women need to be helped into carriages and liftedover ditches, and to have the best place everywhere. Nobody ever helps me into carriages,or over mud-puddles, or gives me any best place! And ain't I a woman? Look atme! Look at my arm! I could have ploughed and planted, and gathered into barns, andno man could head me! And ain't I a woman? I could work as much and eat as much10as a man—when I could get it—and bear the lash as well! And ain't I a woman? I haveborne thirteen children, and seen them most all sold off to slavery, and when I criedout with my mother's grief, none but Jesus heard me! And ain't I a woman?Then they talk about this thing in the head; what's this they call it? [Intellect, somebodywhispers] That's it, honey. What's that got to do with women's rights or negroes'15rights? If my cup won't hold but a pint, and yours holds a quart, wouldn't you be meannot to let me have my little half measure-full?Then that little man in black there, he says women can't have as much rights asmen, 'cause Christ wasn't a woman! Where did your Christ come from? Where did yourChrist come from? From God and a woman! Man had nothing to do with Him.20If the first woman God ever made was strong enough to turn the world upside downall alone, these women together ought to be able to turn it back, and get it right side upagain!And now they is asking to do it, the men better let them.Obliged to you for hearing me, and now old Sojourner ain't got nothing more to say."
25Do you realize that in no other country in the world with democratic tendencies issuffrage so completely denied as in a considerable number of our own states? Thereare thirteen black states where no suffrage for women exists, and fourteen otherswhere suffrage for women is more limited than in many foreign countries.Do you realize that when you ask women to take their cause to state referendum30you compel them to do this: that you drive women of education, refinement, achievement,to beg men who cannot read for their political freedom?Do you realize that such anomalies as a college president asking her janitor to giveher a vote are overstraining the patience and driving women to desperation?Do you realize that women in increasing numbers indignantly resent the long delay35in their enfranchisement?Your party platforms have pledged women suffrage. Then why not be honest, frankfriends of our cause, adopt it in reality as your own, make it a party program, and "fightwith us"? As a party measure—a measure of all parties—why not put the amendmentthrough Congress and the legislatures? We shall all be better friends, we shall have a40happier nation, we women will be free to support loyally the party of our choice, andwe shall be far prouder of our history."There is one thing mightier than kings and armies"—aye, than Congresses andpolitical parties—"the power of an idea when its time has come to move." The time forwoman suffrage has come. The woman's hour has struck. If parties prefer to postpone45action longer and thus do battle with this idea, they challenge the inevitable. The ideawill not perish; the party which opposes it may. Every delay, every trick, every politicaldishonesty from now on will antagonize the women of the land more and more, andwhen the party or parties which have so delayed woman suffrage finally let it come,their sincerity will be doubted and their appeal to the new voters will be met with suspicion.50This is the psychology of the situation. Can you afford the risk? Think it over.
1. Passage 1 as a whole emphasizes what qualities of women?
2. As used in line 3, the word "fix" most closely means
3. Lines 15-16 ("If my . . . full?") most directly suggest that
4. How does Sojourner Truth primarily use religious teachings to make her argument?
5. Which option gives the best evidence for the answer to the previous question?
6. As used in line 30, the word "compel" most closely means
7. Passage 2 argues that women's suffrage should happen
8. Which option gives the best evidence for the answer to the previous question?
9. Lines 45-46 ("The idea . . . may") can best be paraphrased as which one of the following statements?
10. The authors of both passages seek social
11. The aims of Passage 1 and Passage 2 are, respectively,
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