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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. How many hours did the average housewife sleep, but still found themselves tired?

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

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

4. Which statement best fits the main problem?

5. What was Freud most concerned about in regards to society?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What sex was responsible for the divorcing of women and the outside world?

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

4. Define "Feminine protest".

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

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

7. What choice did the mystique leave to women?

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

9. Why is economic independence so necessary for women?

10. What was considered "true feminine fulfillment"?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

How is it impossible to live within the confines of the feminine mystique for any length of time? Why is it so difficult for women to pursue a socially acceptable role of 'femininity' within the culture of the 1950's? Are their any comparable situations in today's day and age? Explain your answers.

Essay Topic 2

Examine the image of the corporate woman. What kind of person is she? How does a woman have to behave in order to maintain her position of social stature? How are these kinds of women portrayed in Hollywood? Where else are there images of corporate women?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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