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. 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

Suggest ways women might overcome the feminine mystique. What kinds of programs could be offered to women that are serious about continuing their education in a meaningful way? Is there any way to live within the mystique and contribute positively to the world and to self development? Explain.

Essay Topic 2

Explain the role that religion plays in perpetuating the feminine mystique. Why do you think this is the case? What does religion stand to gain if the women stay home? Why? Explain your answer.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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