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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. The term "strong-armed into motherhood" is used by Faludi to describe which of the following movies?
(a) Baby Boom.
(b) Fatal Attraction.
(c) Broadcast News.
(d) Crossing Delancey.

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

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

4. Which 1980s movie is credited for fueling a "monogamy trend" and "reinvigorating marriage"?
(a) Sheila Levine Is Dead and Living in New York.
(b) Flashdance.
(c) Fatal Attraction.
(d) 9 ½- weeks.

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

Short Answer 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?

2. In the book Backlash, attackers of the feminist movement are described as working to put women back in their "proper" place _________________ and __________.

3. Faludi asserts that a major objective of the attack on feminism is the desire to:

4. The chapter "Teen Angels and Unwed Witches" turns to which of the following media?

5. Select the book that claims that children are worse off when parents divorce.

Short Essay Questions

1. During the 1988 television season, many female characters joke about being like June Cleaver. What point are they making by claiming this analogy?

2. Chronicle the evolution of Ms. magazine in the 1980s.

3. Discuss the implications of the misinformation perpetuated by the Harvard study.

4. According to survey responses, women believe they need equal pay, the right to abortions, and decent childcare. Discuss how reforms in those areas would impact women's lives.

5. The New Right attempts to denounce day care; however, what does the evidence and data suggest?

6. Discuss the way in which the movies and television treat the subject of women and careers.

7. Identify three reasons why a periodical such as The New England Journal of Medicine would publish flawed data concerning fertility rates of young women.

8. On the issue of women's liberation and equality, compare the perspective of politicians, journalists, and business leaders versus those of women.

9. Who is Dr. Robert Harvey and why is he discussed in the chapter on the cosmetic industry?

10. Contrast the media's transition from applauding "brave" relationship choices in the 1970s to the position the media outlets took to address this issue in the 1980s.

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