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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. Faludi asserts that equal attention is given to _______ family size in whites and ________ family size among blacks.
(a) Limiting, increasing.
(b) Limiting, limiting.
(c) Increasing, limiting.
(d) Increasing, increasing.

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

5. Women send positive letters after the heroine walks away from the altar in which movie?
(a) <i>Flashdance. </i>
(b) <i>Fatal Attraction</i>.
(c) <i>The Graduate</i>.
(d) <i>Private Benjamin</i>.

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

7. What are the findings of the 1987 survey conducted by <i>Fortune</i> magazine on the issue of "bailing out," the term used to describe female MBA students opting for less demanding careers to concentrate on marriage and family?
(a) It finds a tiny gender gap--with more women than men putting family over professional advancement.
(b) It finds no gender gap--both men and women are putting family over professional advancement.
(c) No answers are correct.
(d) It finds a tiny gender gap--with more men than women putting family over professional advancement.

8. 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) 20 percent.
(b) 2.0 percent.
(c) 2.2 percent.
(d) 0.2 percent.

9. 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.

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

11. In the late 1980s, circulation of traditional women's magazines is down sharply with <i>Good Housekeeping</i> the worst off and <i>Working Woman</i> the best off. To what does Faludi attribute the relative success of <i>Working Woman</i>?
(a) Executives at <i>Working Woman</i> focus on traditional female roles, which is what readers want.
(b) Surveys show that <i>Working Woman</i> has many more loyal readers.
(c) <i>Working Woman</i> has a better system of distribution.
(d) The magazine is concentrating on career women's needs.

12. Television assaults the women's movement less than Hollywood movies; Faludi states that this is because of what factor?
(a) Television producers do not wish to tackle these issues through on-screen programming.
(b) There are more women executives in the television industry who support the women's movement.
(c) Hollywood movies have greater budgets and more freedom with their creativity.
(d) Women are a majority of viewers and are advertisers' prime target.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. The term "strong-armed into motherhood" is used by Faludi to describe which of the following movies?

2. Victoria Secret was intended to be the:

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

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

5. In coining the term "cocooning," Faith Popcorn was seeking to do what according to Faludi?

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