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. Why wouldn't the final voice on magazine publication allow information that wasn't involved with the home into the magazine?

2. How was the career driven woman vanquished from the population?

3. Why couldn't women study physics?

4. How many signatures did Susan Anthony collect?

5. What was women's unhappiness blamed on?

Short Essay Questions

1. What, according to Mrs. Friedan is the leading cause of men seeking out homosexual relationships?

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

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

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

5. How was this preoccupation different than it had been before?

6. How is a self actualizing relationship stronger than one borne in the feminine mystique?

7. Summarize Margaret Mead's ideals as shown in this book.

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

9. In what way did society have to be restructured regarding sexuality?

10. How did American women learn how to free themselves by speaking out for the slaves?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

How can a woman's husband act as an anchor within the feminine mystique? Is this intentional? How is it ultimately the woman's decision to go back to school and continue her education? What things prevent her from doing so?

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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