Backlash: The Undeclared War against American Women Quiz | Four Week Quiz A

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Part 2: Chapters 5-6.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. In coining the term "cocooning," Faith Popcorn was seeking to do what according to Faludi?
(a) Support the backlash's efforts to highlight slight changes in women returning to traditional roles.
(b) Highlight the fact that neither men nor women are placing family time over career advancement.
(c) Show men as being more focused on sacrificing career advancement for family time.
(d) Identify a gender-neutral trend of parents leaving the office for being at home.

2. Who casts his wife in the demeaning role of an unsmiling female doctor who clutches her book about obsession and compulsion?
(a) Michael Douglas.
(b) James Dearden.
(c) Adrian Lyne.
(d) David Mamet.

3. According to Faludi, men's opposition to women's rights and the feminist movement is a source of:
(a) Motivation.
(b) Justification for the struggle.
(c) Resentment and stress.
(d) Passivity.

4. According to Backlash, attacking the feminist movement is accomplished by systematically using which of the following?
(a) Popular culture.
(b) Research on children's opinions.
(c) Grassroots movements of husbands and fathers.
(d) No answers are correct.

5. Television assaults the women's movement less than Hollywood movies; Faludi states that this is because of what factor?
(a) There are more women executives in the television industry who support the women's movement.
(b) Hollywood movies have greater budgets and more freedom with their creativity.
(c) Television producers do not wish to tackle these issues through on-screen programming.
(d) Women are a majority of viewers and are advertisers' prime target.

Short Answer Questions

1. In the book Backlash, attackers of the feminist movement are described as working to put women back in their "proper" place _________________ and __________.

2. An analogy is made between heiress Patricia Hearst and many female characters of the 1980s. Which of the following expresses the comparison?

3. In the late 1980s, circulation of traditional women's magazines is down sharply with Good Housekeeping the worst off and Working Woman the best off. To what does Faludi attribute the relative success of Working Woman?

4. The term "strong-armed into motherhood" is used by Faludi to describe which of the following movies?

5. After the pop media launches its assault on single womanhood and increasing divorce numbers, what does Faludi quote as the percent drop in divorce rates?

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