Backlash: The Undeclared War against American Women Quiz | Eight Week Quiz B

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Part 2: Chapter 4.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. The "Big Lie" joins ____________ to the "dime-store moralism of yesteryear."
(a) Religious dogmatism.
(b) Undercover journalism.
(c) Legal maneuvering.
(d) Scientific research.

2. What three relationship trends increased in the 1950s?
(a) Happy single womanhood, women marrying on their own terms, and women fleeing unhappy marriages.
(b) Happy single womanhood, women marrying to conform to societal expectations, and women forcing husbands into counseling to save unhappy marriages.
(c) Unhappy single womanhood, women marrying to conform to societal expectations, and women fleeing unhappy marriages.
(d) Happy single womanhood, women marrying to conform to societal expectations, and women fleeing unhappy marriages.

3. What outlet first declares that women's chances of conceiving drops not after age forty but after thirty?
(a) French researchers Schwartz and Mayaux.
(b) U.S. Census Bureau.
(c) U.S. National Center for Health Statistics.
(d) The New England Journal of Medicine.

4. A book claims that during the first year after divorce, a woman's standard of living declines by seventy-three percent while a man's increases by forty-seven percent. This claim is challenged by economists Saul Hoffman and Greg Duncan who have found which of the following statistics over twenty years?
(a) A twenty percent first-year decline for both men and women.
(b) A twenty five percent first-year rise for men.
(c) A thirty percent first-year decline for women.
(d) A three to five percent first-year rise for men.

5. According to Backlash, the press uses the Harvard-Yale study to scare women into marrying "just to beat the 'odds'." At the same time, they overlook which of the following types of data?
(a) Unmarried women believing their lives are "as easy" as married friends.
(b) Census figures showing 1.9 million more never-married men than women.
(c) Better paid women are more likely to marry.
(d) Women cohabitating at rates twice those of 1970.

Short Answer Questions

1. Newsweek uses the metaphor that women are "______ ________ to be killed by a terrorist" than to _________.

2. What is the complete title of the book, Backlash?

3. According to Backlash, career women are warned that their choice to delay pregnancy and childbirth are resulting in which of the following?

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. The major networks parade tearfully "penitent unwed" women through the media; Faludi highlights examples from all the following networks EXCEPT:

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