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 happened following Margaret's work?

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

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

4. Why do women have to suffer the problem of identity?

5. In regards to both of Freud's main theories, what does it say about his cultural upbringing?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is the difference in the male and female roles?

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

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

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

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

7. What happened as women who were highly intelligent let go of their interests for the role of wife and mother?

8. How did sexual interaction at an early age affect development?

9. Why were the girls with rings on their hands the "lucky ones"?

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

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

How do Freud and Margaret Mead's study of women influence the development of the feminine mystique? What role do these individuals play in the education of women in regards to the mystique? How do their views compliment each other? Explain your answer and support it with research from outside the book.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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