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Multiple Choice Questions

1. According to Faludi, thirty years of data show that men suffer __________ __________ than do women.
(a) More physically.
(b) Less physically.
(c) More psychologically.
(d) Less psychologically.

2. According to Faludi, cosmetic companies try to increase sales by ___________ their products.
(a) Medicalizing.
(b) Augmenting.
(c) Reducing.
(d) Cleaning up.

3. The author writes that the feminist movement is blamed for all the evil in ________ society.
(a) Historical.
(b) Contemporary.
(c) Every.
(d) Futuristic.

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

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

6. Newsweek uses the metaphor that women are "______ ________ to be killed by a terrorist" than to _________.
(a) More likely, divorce.
(b) Less likely, divorce.
(c) Less likely, marry.
(d) More likely, marry.

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

8. 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 returned to traditional roles.
(c) They have come of age.
(d) They have surpassed men in their accomplishments.

9. 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) Identify a gender-neutral trend of parents leaving the office for being at home.
(c) Highlight the fact that neither men nor women are placing family time over career advancement.
(d) Show men as being more focused on sacrificing career advancement for family time.

10. The major networks parade tearfully "penitent unwed" women through the media; Faludi highlights examples from all the following networks EXCEPT:
(a) CBS.
(b) NBC.
(c) FOX.
(d) ABC.

11. Which female executive is quoted as saying she hopes companies can treat "career-and-family women" more leniently than "career-primary" women?
(a) Bonnie Chambers.
(b) Felice Schwartz.
(c) Faith Popcorn.
(d) Mary Anne Devanna.

12. Faludi suggests that movies are used by men to deal with their emotions concerning women. How does she suggest this is done?
(a) In dark theaters men work out deep-seated resentments and fears about women.
(b) When watching movies with female partners, men cow them into silence by shouting at the screen.
(c) They avoid movies in which women are not treated equally and support movies that show they are progressive and in support of the feminist movement.
(d) By watching tapes at home men develop bitter grudges and ongoing fears about women.

13. Unmarried, childless after forty, hooked on work, a 1970s feminist and the third generation in her family to have a low view of "traditional femininity." This is Faludi's description of which market research trend executive?
(a) No answers are correct.
(b) Faith Popcorn.
(c) Felice Schwartz.
(d) Mary Anne Devanna.

14. By questioning whether the "backlash" is a new phenomenon, some social observers admit that there has been:
(a) An undercurrent of resentment against working fathers.
(b) Long-standing support for women's rights.
(c) A culture of support for working mothers.
(d) Long-standing resistance to women's rights.

15. How does Women's Wear Daily serve the feminist movement and the fashion industry?
(a) It tries unsuccessfully to convince women to buy into overly feminine and exploitive clothing to work, male fashion designers create these clothing lines and women do not buy the attire.
(b) It convinces women to buy into overly feminine and exploitive clothing to work; male fashion designers attempt to fight against the trend, but this is what women want to buy.
(c) It tries unsuccessfully to convince women to buy into overly feminine and exploitive clothing to work; male fashion designers attempt to fight against the trend, but this is what women want to buy.
(d) It convinces women to buy into overly feminine and exploitive clothing to work; male fashion designers create these clothing lines and women buy the attire.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which 1980s movie is credited for fueling a "monogamy trend" and "reinvigorating marriage"?

2. The backlash seeks to divide and conquer by pitting women against each other. Faludi describes all of the following battle lines EXCEPT:

3. During the 1980s all the following firsts are accomplished EXCEPT:

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

5. Cries of a "birth dearth" proudly seeks to scare educated white women into keeping up with which of the following groups according to Faludi?

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