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 was considered 'real' life?

2. In what would Martha take refuge?

3. What lesson could girls not help but learn in college between 1945 and 1960?

4. Why does mankind not completely live in the present?

5. How did Freud view his soon-to-be wife?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the American housewife's dilemma?

2. What qualified women for the category of "True Housewife Type"?

3. How was Margaret Mead exempt from the lack of fulfillment that most women felt?

4. What groups opposed the women's right to vote and why?

5. Why did real feminists believe the radical "man hating, marriage opposing" feminists were getting more media coverage?

6. What is the simple truth of fulfillment?

7. What was the reason for Freud's research and what did he hope to achieve?

8. According to the media, why should an American housewife be happy with her lot?

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

10. How did the image of women change from the 1930's-50's?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What kinds of opposition did women face in their movement to gain equal rights? How were they the subject of ridicule and scorn? How were they the butt of public jokes and humiliated? How were they balked? Explain your answer using quotes from the book.

Essay Topic 2

Hypothesize on the outcome of society at large if the women continued living purely within the confines of femininity? How would it affect the population two generations further? Three? Would it make American society stronger or weaker to have that increased level of devotion in the household? Explain your answer using quotes from the book.

Essay Topic 3

Explain the feminine mystique and the problem with no name. How are they related? How are they almost interchangeable? In what regard to women face the most scrutiny in finding themselves? Explain your answer using quotes from the book.

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