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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 do Freud's writings give more credit?

2. Where are the chains to the housewives' trap located?

3. What was not a part of women's worlds?

4. What became a dirty word?

5. What did Freud believe that all neurosis stemmed from?

Short Essay Questions

1. What do the children of vicarious living mothers commonly identify with?

2. What is the simple truth of fulfillment?

3. What is the distinguishing feature about the women of the suburbs?

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

5. What is ironic about the path to feminine fulfillment?

6. Why did most women think there was something wrong with them?

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

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

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

10. What specifically made the image change of women possible?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Explain the role that religion plays in perpetuating the feminine mystique. Why do you think this is the case? What does religion stand to gain if the women stay home? Why? Explain your answer.

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