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Multiple Choice Questions

1. In her timeline of women's cosmetic trends, Faludi states that the bright, healthy, athletic look is popular in which era?
(a) During World War I.
(b) In the 1970s.
(c) The 1920s and 1930s.
(d) The 1910s and 1920s.

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

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

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

5. Select the magazine that Faludi praises for using federal statistics to accurately portray the career choices of women.
(a) Fortune.
(b) No answers are correct.
(c) Esquire.
(d) Newsweek.

6. How does Women's Wear Daily serve the feminist movement and the fashion industry?
(a) 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.
(b) 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.
(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 attempt to fight against the trend, but this is what women want to buy.

7. 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.
(a) White, herpes.
(b) Black, gonorrhea.
(c) White, HPV.
(d) Black, chlamydia.

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

9. 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.

10. Select the book that claims that children are worse off when parents divorce.
(a) After Divorce.
(b) Second Chance.
(c) The Little Ones.
(d) Parents Choices.

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

12. This fragrance initially "celebrates women's liberation" but eventually ran campaigns in which under-aged models were used.
(a) Beautiful.
(b) Charlie.
(c) Estee Lauder.
(d) Mystique.

13. What is the theme of Chapter 8, "Beauty and the Backlash"?
(a) How the cosmetics industry and plastic surgery complete the "cultural undertow" of the 1980s backlash.
(b) The way in which cosmetics and diet fads are used to subjugate women.
(c) No answers are correct.
(d) The strategies used by cosmetic companies to convince women they must wear makeup to appeal to men and look professional in the workplace.

14. 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) Stanford.
(b) Harvard.
(c) Yale.
(d) Columbia.

15. 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) Collecting pre-reform data against which to test her hypothesis.
(c) "Fine-tuning" new divorce laws.
(d) Focusing on the core question of whether women are better off "protected" or equal.

Short Answer Questions

1. Faludi suggests that movies are used by men to deal with their emotions concerning women. How does she suggest this is done?

2. 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?

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

4. Retin-A is approved by the FDA to treat _____________ and is eventually marketed to treat ________.

5. Fatal and Fetal Visions deals with how the_________ serve the backlash.

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