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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. Which of the following two anti-feminist movies are made into television sitcoms?
(a) Fatal Attraction and Baby Boom.
(b) No answers are correct.
(c) Private Benjamin and Fatal Attraction.
(d) Baby Boom and Private Benjamin.

3. How does the Faludi describe the media's treatment of protests against the Miss America pageant and burning bras?
(a) Faludi states that the media gives little coverage to both issues.
(b) Faludi states that the media gives greater coverage to both issues than they give to the feminist struggle.
(c) Faludi states that the media gives greater coverage to the feminist struggle than they give to protests against the Miss America pageant and burning bras.
(d) Faludi states that the media gives equal coverage to the feminist struggle, protests against the Miss America pageant, and burning bras.

4. Which of the following women bets a male reporter that she will marry by forty?
(a) Elia Kazan.
(b) Diane Doe.
(c) Cecelia Gouge.
(d) Patsy Howell.

5. Which organization's findings do not support the idea of a "baby boomlet" among career women?
(a) No answers are correct.
(b) Time magazine research.
(c) Census Bureau data.
(d) Annual surveys by professional organizations.

6. Victoria Secret was intended to be the:
(a) Type of store where couples could purchase intimate attire for dress-up fantasies.
(b) Retail store to provide real intimate attire for real women.
(c) Store where women could buy lingerie without the interruptions of men.
(d) Disneyland version of a 19th-century lady's dressing room.

7. Advertisers tell women career success is harming their complexions and causing all of the following except:
(a) Weight gain.
(b) Dandruff.
(c) Hair loss.
(d) Dry skin.

8. 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.

9. What is the complete title of the book, Backlash?
(a) Backlash: The Declared War Against American Women.
(b) Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Families.
(c) Backlash: The Declared War Against American Families.
(d) Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women.

10. Sociologist Lenore Weitzman suggests that the issue of divorce should be handled by doing all of the following EXCEPT:
(a) Rejecting the "charade" of the old system.
(b) Focusing on the core question of whether women are better off "protected" or equal.
(c) Collecting pre-reform data against which to test her hypothesis.
(d) "Fine-tuning" new divorce laws.

11. Which author publishes a 922-page compendium in which 4,500 women despair about not being treated as equals by mates?
(a) Patricia Craig.
(b) No answers are correct.
(c) Shere Hite.
(d) Dr. Srully Blotnick.

12. 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 three to five percent first-year rise for men.
(c) A twenty five percent first-year rise for men.
(d) A thirty percent first-year decline for women.

13. Guess Jeans' advertising campaign is based variously on all the following except:
(a) Fellini's La Dolce Vita.
(b) Elia Kazan's Baby Doll.
(c) Thirty-Something.
(d) Fatal Attraction.

14. In Angels 88 screenwriter Brad Markowitz has been ordered to do all of the following except:
(a) Make the detectives dropouts from the police academy.
(b) Make the detectives incompetent unemployed actresses.
(c) Add more bikinis.
(d) Demote the police academy-trained detectives.

15. Faludi writes that all of the following designers try to push femininity onto working women except:
(a) Christian Lacroix.
(b) John Weitz.
(c) Christian Dior.
(d) Calvin Klein.

Short Answer Questions

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

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

3. 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?

4. As the health care industry continues to convince women they need medical attention, the market increases for which of these services?

5. What is the theme of Chapter 8, "Beauty and the Backlash"?

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