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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. In 1989 which Ivy League university commissioned a survey that confirmed the findings of the Fortune magazine research on female MBA students "bailing out"?
(a) Yale.
(b) Stanford.
(c) Columbia.
(d) Harvard.

3. In 1987, what does NBC identify as the possible "yuppie disease of the '80s"?
(a) The surge in infertility.
(b) The high divorce rates.
(c) Financial competition between husbands and wives.
(d) HIV.

4. Which book provides the "devastating" statistics that there is a seventy-three percent decline in a woman's standard of living during the first year after divorce versus a man's forty-seven percent increase?
(a) The Force of Divorce.
(b) The Divorce Generation.
(c) The Divorce Revolution.
(d) When Divorce Happens.

5. 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 increasing presence in the political arena.
(b) Women's desires to control their own fertility.
(c) Women's choices of fashion and clothing.
(d) Women's drive for economic equality.

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

7. According to Faludi, men's opposition to women's rights and the feminist movement is a source of:
(a) Passivity.
(b) Resentment and stress.
(c) Justification for the struggle.
(d) Motivation.

8. Who is nicknamed "The Breast Man of San Francisco"?
(a) Dr. Hugo Ramirez.
(b) Dr. Robert Harvey.
(c) Dr. John Voorhees.
(d) Dr. Jack Statz.

9. Which of the following magazines uses the Harvard-Yale study to sell minis?
(a) Newsweek.
(b) Women's Wear Daily.
(c) Women's Day.
(d) Mademoiselle.

10. 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) 2.2 percent.
(c) 20 percent.
(d) 0.2 percent.

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

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

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. 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.

3. By the 1980s the media begins to hail the arrival of a "________ generation."

4. 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?

5. Faludi presents Ms. Magazine as a media outlet that has abandoned its flagship status as a supporter of the feminist movement. She writes that the magazine returns to its roots only after what happens?

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