The Feminine Mystique Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What problem arises in women who marry first and ask questions later?

2. What was the name of the life adjustment course given to eleven- to thirteen-year-old girls?

3. What was considered 'real' life?

4. Why wouldn't the final voice on magazine publication allow information that wasn't involved with the home into the magazine?

5. What do Freud's writings give more credit?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why was there such difficulty with the problem without a name and why was it so hard to solve?

2. In summation, why was it that the women went home after winning the suffrage?

3. How is a definitive knowledge of self needed to mature?

4. What is the American housewife's dilemma?

5. Why must Freud's psychoanalytical views be discounted?

6. What was the problem with the young women of this age group?

7. What is the objective of making homemaking creative?

8. What was the basis of all neurosis of people, according to Freud?

9. What, according to Mrs. Friedan is the leading cause of men seeking out homosexual relationships?

10. Summarize Margaret Mead's ideals as shown in this book.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How did Mrs. Friedan practice what she preached? How was she an equal victim of the discrimination against women, and what private battles did she herself face in the years following the publishing of the "Feminine Mystique"?

Essay Topic 2

Name at least three things that stand in the way of women's self realization. How do these things impede her progress? How can they be overcome? Are they legitimate things that hold her back, or are they imagined? Explain your answer and use quotes from the book.

Essay Topic 3

How can a woman's husband act as an anchor within the feminine mystique? Is this intentional? How is it ultimately the woman's decision to go back to school and continue her education? What things prevent her from doing so?

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