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Reading Comprehension: Application Questions

Professor Aronson would be most likely to agree with the research methods of which of the following studies?

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This study lets participants define feminism for themselves, thereby amending Professor Aronson's objection that researchers assumed a common definition of feminism in past studies.

While the issue of ethnicity is not directly addressed by this answer choice, this method of research does not necessarily ignore ethnicity. The researcher could, for example, deduce how the definition of feminism varies among women of different ethnicities.

Since research methods in other answer choices are all flawed in some way or another, this is the best and therefore the correct answer choice.

Incorrect.

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This research study ignores the differences that may arise between women of different ethnicities.

Incorrect.

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Limiting women's responses to "yes" or "no" assumes that the respondents all have the same definition of feminism.

Incorrect.

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Although this study takes differences in ethnicity into account, it assumes that all respondents share a common definition of feminism (by asking the yes or no question "are you a feminist?").

Incorrect.

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In this study, the researcher creates a definition of feminism which she believes all women share, a research method to which Professor Aronson objects.

Seeking to understand how many women are feminists, a researcher asked women to answer "yes" or "no" to the question "are you a feminist?".
A researcher interviewed a large variety of women without noting their ethnicity.
Investigating the ways in which ethnicity affects feminist attitudes, a professor compared how women of different ethnic groups responded to the question "are you a feminist?".
Seeking to explore modern feminist attitudes, a researcher asked a group of women to write down traits of feminism as they perceive it.
A researcher created a list of political positions which she believes feminists support and asked a group of women whether they accept or object to these positions.