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. Where were young women's passions lying after the suffrage?

2. What is the "great mistake of Western Culture"?

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

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is the simple truth of fulfillment?

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

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

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

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

8. Why is economic independence so necessary for women?

9. What uniformly happened to the population of America following the war?

10. Explain how within the feminine mystique, to be exceptional, has such a negative connotation?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain how Freud obtained his views of women. How did his surroundings come into play? His child hood? Why is it hard to take Freudian views seriously when the method by which he obtained these psychoanalytical findings? Use quotes from the book.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Explain the roles that educators play in the feminine mystique. How are they responsible for propagating it, despite believing in equality for women? In what ways are women held back by the educators? Explain the educators guilt. Is this guilt founded on legitimate concerns? Explain your answer.

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