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 did most of the people who studied the 'discontinuity' of women say it was caused by?

2. What was it said that men had that women didn't?

3. What does Marriage for Moderns say about women and their roles?

4. What is the first age that the crisis hits?

5. How is the identity of women determined?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why did sex become the preoccupation of American women?

2. What was the reason for Freud's research and what did he hope to achieve?

3. What is the American housewife's dilemma?

4. What were the side effects of the "youth serum" when the young woman aged?

5. Define "Feminine protest".

6. What choice did the mystique leave to women?

7. What groups opposed the women's right to vote and why?

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

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

10. What did the men do to defy the "masculine mystique"?

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

Examine the role of women in today's world. Has the image of women through societies' eyes changed much in the last fifty to sixty years? If so, how, if not, hypothesize on why not.

Essay Topic 3

How did Mrs. Friedan practice what she preached? How was she an equal victim of the discrimination against women, and what private battles did she herself face in the years following the publishing of the "Feminine Mystique"?

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