Cult of Domesticity: Definition & Significance


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According to the Cult of Domesticity, which of the following virtues was a True Woman NOT expected to have?

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1. Another term for the Cult of Domesticity is:

2. According to the Cult of Domesticity, women belonged in:

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The destruction of the Civil War and the negative effects of the rapid rise of urbanization and industrialization triggered a 19th century movement that defined home and hearth as the antidote for all of society's ills, and women were assigned the role of overseeing households that would act as fortresses of virtue, morality and happiness against the threats of the external world. This quiz/worksheet combo will help you understand the roots of the 19th century Cult of Domesticity and how it celebrated women as a moral force, while at the same time limiting them to a subservient role in a strict patriarchal social system.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on:

  • The Cult of Domesticity's vision of female virtue
  • The definition of 'True Womanhood'
  • Public vs. private spheres and gender
  • 19th century view of female strengths and weaknesses
  • Published sources for the Cult of Domesticity

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet lets students practice the following skills:

  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the Cult of Domesticity and the 19th century vision of the natural character and role of women
  • Defining key concepts - accurately define key terms such as True Woman and public sphere
  • Making connections - examine how the ideal of the True Woman led to calls for a greater leadership role for women in politics and government

Additional Learning

To learn more, review the accompanying lesson on the Cult of Domesticity. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Understand the social and economic forces that fostered the Cult of Domesticity
  • Define True Woman
  • Understand the Cult of Domesticity's prescribed role for women
  • Know the ways gender roles were reinforced
  • Understand how the 19th century ideal of domesticity both limited and empowered women