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1. What is "verbal hygiene"?

  • Deborah Jones says that women have been instructed in the proper ways of talking.
  • Deborah Cameron says that women have been instructed in the proper ways of talking.
  • Deborah Tannen says that women have been instructed in the proper ways of talking.
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2. Which theory did Zimmerman and West propose?

  • Difference theory
  • Dominace theory
  • Defecit theory

3. According to Tannen, why do men assume role of information giver?

  • Males are more dominant.
  • It reinforces strength and status.
  • It boosts their status.
  • It makes them more important than women.

4. Who proposed the Deficit theory?

  • Jennifer Coates
  • Robin Lakoff
  • Deborah Tannen

5. What did Beattie's theory suggest?

  • That women were more dominant than men.
  • That the work of Zimmerman and West is not reliable.
  • That Zimmerman and West's theory is incorrect.

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