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

2. During the 1980s all the following firsts are accomplished EXCEPT:
(a) Women outnumber men in college attendance.
(b) Women outnumber men in total jobs.
(c) Women outnumber men on unemployment lines.
(d) The U.S. Census stops defining head of household as the husband.

3. 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 surge in infertility.
(d) The high divorce rates.

4. Why do politicians, journalists, and business leaders claim that women need no more help advancing?
(a) They have come of age.
(b) They have surpassed men in their accomplishments.
(c) They have returned to traditional roles.
(d) They are in the infancy of their independence.

5. 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?
(a) Hear that they should take action and speak up.
(b) Turn to male doctors.
(c) Hear that they should enjoy themselves.
(d) Go to other women for advice.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. How does Women's Wear Daily serve the feminist movement and the fashion industry?

3. Select the magazine that Faludi praises for using federal statistics to accurately portray the career choices of women.

4. Which 1980s movie is credited for fueling a "monogamy trend" and "reinvigorating marriage"?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What role does Women's Wear Daily play between the fashion industry and the feminist movement?

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

3. 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.

4. In your opinion, why do you believe that society markets marriage and children to women much more than to men?

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

6. Faludi writes that getting ABC to put Marilyn French's best-selling novel The Women's Room on screen is Esther Shapiro's "most grueling" professional experience. What are some of the factors that make this project so difficult?

7. Select at least three media outlets and discuss how they work with the backlash to use relationship "scare tactics" to fight against the feminist movement.

8. Summarize three ways in which Felice Schwartz affects the feminist movement.

9. What is the purpose of the book Backlash: The Undeclared War against American Women?

10. 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.

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