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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Faludi makes the point that most women who go mad in 1970s films are repressed and neglected housewives. According to the author, these women do all of the following except what?
(a) Hear that they should enjoy themselves.
(b) Go to other women for advice.
(c) Turn to male doctors.
(d) Hear that they should take action and speak up.

2. 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) Television producers do not wish to tackle these issues through on-screen programming.
(c) Women are a majority of viewers and are advertisers' prime target.
(d) Hollywood movies have greater budgets and more freedom with their creativity.

3. Faludi notes that after Reagan becomes president, which of the following are among the political victims?
(a) The Office of Domestic Violence.
(b) The Vice President.
(c) Newspapers.
(d) The Equal Rights Amendment.

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

5. Surveys show that an overwhelming majority of women feel there is still a need for all of the following EXCEPT:
(a) The right to abortions.
(b) Decent childcare.
(c) An Equal Rights Amendment (ERA).
(d) Child-rearing courses.

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

7. 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) 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.
(c) When watching movies with female partners, men cow them into silence by shouting at the screen.
(d) By watching tapes at home men develop bitter grudges and ongoing fears about women.

8. Yankelovich Monitor surveys find that "masculinity" is often defined as a man being a "good provider." This has negative implications for which of the following aspects of the feminist movement?
(a) Women's choices of fashion and clothing.
(b) Women's desires to control their own fertility.
(c) Women's drive for economic equality.
(d) Women's increasing presence in the political arena.

9. _________ and ________, two demographers at the Census Bureau, re-run the Harvard-Yale study using 1980 data and find a major flaw in the study and its calculations.
(a) Patricia Craig, Neil Bennett.
(b) David Bloom, Jeanne Moorman.
(c) Neil Bennett, David Bloom.
(d) Jeanne Moorman, Robert Fay.

10. When making an indictment of 1980s films featuring female jobs, Faludi states that these movies do all of the following except:
(a) Show female jobs as tedious and supportive of male enterprises.
(b) Showing why women are better off staying home.
(c) Fail to indict a demoralizing marketplace.
(d) Show women as recognizing the sacrifices of being working women, but highly satisfied with their choices.

11. According to Faludi in Chapter 1, all of the following attack feminists EXCEPT:
(a) School teachers.
(b) Clergy.
(c) Journalists.
(d) Politicians.

12. 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?
(a) 2.0 percent.
(b) 0.2 percent.
(c) 2.2 percent.
(d) 20 percent.

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

14. Which of the following women is cited in the book as being consistently shut out of the Emmys, disapproved of in public by George Bush, and having a nationwide club formed just to hate and revile her?
(a) Glenn Close.
(b) Murphy Brown.
(c) Mae West.
(d) Roseanne Barr.

15. Faludi states that in 1986, NBC and Cosmopolitan warn women of three side effects of divorce including:
(a) Childlessness, bitterness, and financial ruin.
(b) Depression, loneliness, and an empty bank account.
(c) An empty bank account, bitterness, and loneliness.
(d) Loneliness, depression, and childlessness.

Short Answer Questions

1. Faludi asserts that under the Reagan administration which of the following are pressured to generate data that fit the war on women's independence?

2. Which author publishes a 922-page compendium in which 4,500 women despair about not being treated as equals by mates?

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. Faludi asserts that equal attention is given to _______ family size in whites and ________ family size among blacks.

5. Sociologist Lenore Weitzman suggests that the issue of divorce should be handled by doing all of the following EXCEPT:

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