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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. <i>Backlash</i> is written in which decade?
(a) 1980s.
(b) 1970s.
(c) 1950s.
(d) 1960s.

2. As the health care industry continues to convince women they need medical attention, the market increases for which of these services?
(a) Colon cleansing.
(b) Chemotherapy.
(c) No answers are correct.
(d) Diet clinics.

3. Retin-A is approved by the FDA to treat _____________ and is eventually marketed to treat ________.
(a) Wrinkles, wrinkles.
(b) Wrinkles, acne.
(c) Acne, wrinkles.
(d) Acne, acne.

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

5. ________ issues more miniskirts and says older women want to feel sexy on the job and ________ agrees: "gals" like to show their legs.
(a) Bill Blass, Calvin Klein.
(b) John Weitz, Christian Dior.
(c) Calvin Klein, Christian Lacroix.
(d) No answers are correct.

Short Answer Questions

1. In 1989 which Ivy League university commissioned a survey that confirmed the findings of the <i>Fortune</i> magazine research on female MBA students "bailing out"?

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

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

4. Faludi notes that after Reagan becomes president, which of the following are among the political victims?

5. The "Big Lie" joins ____________ to the "dime-store moralism of yesteryear."

Short Essay Questions

1. Faludi writes that many fundamentalist preachers fear feminism because it threatens their status. Identify and explain the reasons she gives for this fear.

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

3. 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.

4. When Faludi writes that New Right women are less "trapped in the backlash eddies," what does she mean?

5. Recount the backlash's efforts to eliminate the effectiveness of the Women's Educational Equity Act.

6. Highlight the 1980s battle against abortion and women's rights to control their reproductive rights.

7. 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.

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

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

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

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