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 gave women peace of mind?

2. Which women were happiest?

3. If a woman were to fight for her rights, she would _____ _____?

4. Why couldn't women study physics?

5. Which tribe do men and women assume masculine roles?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What things hold women back from achieving the education they need to be a beneficial part of society?

4. Define "Feminine protest".

5. Why was it advisable for advertisers to not let the "Career Women" category get any larger?

6. What is the simple truth of fulfillment?

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

8. How were the victims of the Holocaust similar to the American housewife?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Hypothesize on the outcome of society at large if the women continued living purely within the confines of femininity? How would it affect the population two generations further? Three? Would it make American society stronger or weaker to have that increased level of devotion in the household? Explain your answer using quotes from the book.

Essay Topic 2

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.

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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