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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. According to <i>Backlash</i>, 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?
(a) Census figures showing 1.9 million more never-married men than women.
(b) Better paid women are more likely to marry.
(c) Unmarried women believing their lives are "as easy" as married friends.
(d) Women cohabitating at rates twice those of 1970.

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

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

4. How does <>Women's Wear Daily<i> 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 attempt to fight against the trend, but this is what women want to buy.
(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 create these clothing lines and women do not buy the attire.
(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.

5. Faludi asserts that a major objective of the attack on feminism is the desire to:
(a) Break women's political will.
(b) Return to capitalist traditions.
(c) Encourage women to band together.
(d) Destroy the family bond.

Short Answer Questions

1. 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.

2. Women send positive letters after the heroine walks away from the altar in which movie?

3. When women boo <i>Sheila Levine Is Dead and Living in New York</i>, Faludi sees this as an indication that women want to embrace single womanhood. She says this because of which of the following?

4. 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?

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?

Short Essay Questions

1. Explain why the media would not focus on feminist issues such as jobs, equal pay, or coeducation but would instead give heavy coverage to protests against the Miss America pageant and burning bras.

2. What are the implications of the findings that a divorce may not have as lasting a financial impact on women and that men are more likely to suffer greater psychological impact than women following a divorce?

3. The media is highlighted as a field in which women see some of the worst progress. What evidence does Faludi use to support her claim?

4. According to Faludi, why are men like John Willke and Randall Terry engaged in the fight against abortion.

5. Provide a chronological discussion of how women and feminists battle against the American Psychiatric Association as it considers adding the term masochism to its <i>Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM)</i> in 1985.

6. Murphy Brown and Roseanne were two characters who were reviled by the backlash according to Faludi. Why were these women disliked so strongly? Also discuss the ways in which the backlash launches their attack of Murphy and Roseanne.

7. Discuss the history of the term masochism and how it has been used to label women. Explain how the American Psychiatric Association considers adding this term to its <i>Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM)</i> in 1985.

8. Chronicle the life of Connaught ("Connie") Marshner after she leaves college.

9. In chapter 7 of the book, why does Faludi write that retailers use the word "choice" to make their sales pitches "sound feminist"?

10. Discuss how the backlash uses the technique of divide and conquer. Analyze how each of the following pairs of women can be pitted against each other: single versus married, working versus homemakers, and affluent versus working poor.

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