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. Why do politicians, journalists, and business leaders claim that women need no more help advancing?
(a) They are in the infancy of their independence.
(b) They have come of age.
(c) They have returned to traditional roles.
(d) They have surpassed men in their accomplishments.

2. British directory/screenwriter James Dearden's screenplay makes the adulterous husband more sympathetic; however, according to Faludi, it was intended to be an exploration of what?
(a) A middle-aged man's fight for monogamy.
(b) An individual's responsibility for a stranger's suffering.
(c) The family unit and how it can be torn apart.
(d) The plight of a suburban housewife.

3. Faludi asserts that the decade's only real infertility epidemic is among young _____ women and is caused largely by the failure to treat ______ early on.
(a) Black, gonorrhea.
(b) White, HPV.
(c) White, herpes.
(d) Black, chlamydia.

4. According to Faludi, how are female characters treated in morality tales?
(a) Good mothers win, and independent women are punished.
(b) Good mothers are punished, and independent women win.
(c) Women are not judged according to their lifestyle choices.
(d) Good mothers win, and single women are always envious of those in traditional roles.

5. An analogy is made between heiress Patricia Hearst and many female characters of the 1980s. Which of the following expresses the comparison?
(a) Carrying a light load in a backpack to symbolize the ease with which committed women face motherhood.
(b) Having two heavy weights in each hand to symbolize the choice between marriage and single womanhood.
(c) No answers are correct.
(d) Being bound, blindfolded, and lacking identity to symbolize having to flee the office for marriage and motherhood.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Faludi, men's opposition to women's rights and the feminist movement is a source of:

2. The "Big Lie" joins ____________ to the "dime-store moralism of yesteryear."

3. By questioning whether the "backlash" is a new phenomenon, some social observers admit that there has been:

4. What are the findings of the 1987 survey conducted by Fortune magazine on the issue of "bailing out," the term used to describe female MBA students opting for less demanding careers to concentrate on marriage and family?

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?

(see the answer key)

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