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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 talking
about rights, the white men will be in a fix pretty soon. But what's all this here talking
05That man over there says that women need to be helped into carriages and lifted
over 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 at
me! Look at my arm! I could have ploughed and planted, and gathered into barns, and
no man could head me! And ain't I a woman? I could work as much and eat as much
10as a man—when I could get it—and bear the lash as well! And ain't I a woman? I have
borne thirteen children, and seen them most all sold off to slavery, and when I cried
out 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, somebody
whispers] 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 mean
not 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 as
men, 'cause Christ wasn't a woman! Where did your Christ come from? Where did your
Christ 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 down
all alone, these women together ought to be able to turn it back, and get it right side up
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 is
suffrage so completely denied as in a considerable number of our own states? There
are thirteen black states where no suffrage for women exists, and fourteen others
where 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 referendum
30you 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 give
her a vote are overstraining the patience and driving women to desperation?
Do you realize that women in increasing numbers indignantly resent the long delay
35in their enfranchisement?
Your party platforms have pledged women suffrage. Then why not be honest, frank
friends of our cause, adopt it in reality as your own, make it a party program, and "fight
with us"? As a party measure—a measure of all parties—why not put the amendment
through Congress and the legislatures? We shall all be better friends, we shall have a
40happier nation, we women will be free to support loyally the party of our choice, and
we shall be far prouder of our history.
"There is one thing mightier than kings and armies"—aye, than Congresses and
political parties—"the power of an idea when its time has come to move." The time for
woman suffrage has come. The woman's hour has struck. If parties prefer to postpone
45action longer and thus do battle with this idea, they challenge the inevitable. The idea
will not perish; the party which opposes it may. Every delay, every trick, every political
dishonesty from now on will antagonize the women of the land more and more, and
when 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?

  • A. Their strength and independence
  • B. Their significant dependence on men
  • C. Their desire to be homemakers
  • D. Their willingness to fight in wars

2. As used in line 3, the word "fix" most closely means

  • A. repair.
  • B. predicament.
  • C. securing.
  • D. settling.

3. Lines 15-16 ("If my . . . full?") most directly suggest that

  • A. it would be wrong to deny her the opportunity to be all she can be.
  • B. men have no business involving themselves in culinary activities.
  • C. careful measurements are needed when investigating these issues.
  • D. barriers to female advancement had been largely removed.

4. How does Sojourner Truth primarily use religious teachings to make her argument?

  • A. She uses them to demonstrate the strength of females.
  • B. She emphasizes the need for women to quietly pray.
  • C. She contradicts them with her personal experiences.
  • D. She believes that she speaks on behalf of divine forces.

5. Which option gives the best evidence for the answer to the previous question?

  • A. Lines 6-7 ("Nobody . . . woman")
  • B. Lines 13-14 ("Then . . . honey")
  • C. Lines 20-22 ("If the . . . again")
  • D. Lines 23-24 ("And . . . say")

6. As used in line 30, the word "compel" most closely means

  • A. suggest.
  • B. force.
  • C. demonstrate.
  • D. list.

7. Passage 2 argues that women's suffrage should happen

  • A. after a long delay.
  • B. when all foreign countries have done so.
  • C. after political parties have considered the issue thoroughly.
  • D. immediately.

8. Which option gives the best evidence for the answer to the previous question?

  • A. Lines 26-28 ("There . . . countries")
  • B. Lines 34-35 ("Do . . . enfranchisement")
  • C. Lines 36-38 ("Your . . . us")
  • D. Lines 42-44 ("There . . . come")

9. Lines 45-46 ("The idea . . . may") can best be paraphrased as which one of the following statements?

  • A. Women who do not have the right to vote are finally starting to come around to the idea.
  • B. Those politicians who oppose women's suffrage will likely face major political consequences.
  • C. A complete overthrow of the U.S. government is about to occur.
  • D. Policy makers need to have a better grasp of the true threats to internal security.

10. The authors of both passages seek social

  • A. hierarchy.
  • B. repression.
  • C. equality.
  • D. isolation.

11. The aims of Passage 1 and Passage 2 are, respectively,

  • A. more general and more focused.
  • B. more casual and less goal-oriented.
  • C. less opinionated and more detailed.
  • D. less intense and more historical.