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. Why couldn't Betty read a word of the science that had once almost been her life's calling?

2. What does the girl from honors history suspect happened to her to cause her to drop out?

3. What terrifies the seventeen-year-old girl?

4. With which did the feminist movement gain strength?

5. Why do women participate in politics according to "Women's Home Companion" September 1955?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. In what way did society have to be restructured regarding sexuality?

3. What is the double deception of the feminine mystique?

4. How does a woman fulfill her psychological and sociological roles by being a shopper?

5. What choice did the mystique leave to women?

6. What might have happened if women had gone on to continue their education?

7. What kinds of problems can arise for the woman saying "no" to the feminine mystique?

8. Why did women lavish so much attention on their children?

9. How did American women learn how to free themselves by speaking out for the slaves?

10. Who divorced women from the ideas of the world outside of the home?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

How were men equally a part of a "masculine mystique" during the years of the Vietnam war? What kind of roles did the men play during this time, and what were they told was the full extent of masculinity? How did they oppose the masculine mystique, and what kinds of pressure did they face in response to their movement?

Essay Topic 2

Suggest ways women might overcome the feminine mystique. What kinds of programs could be offered to women that are serious about continuing their education in a meaningful way? Is there any way to live within the mystique and contribute positively to the world and to self development? Explain.

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast the women that pursued a career and self realization, to those who went to college strictly to find a husband, get married and have children. How do they differ in personal growth? How does society of that era view both women? Explain the difference in their marriages. Use quotes from the book.

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