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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. Another blow to the feminist movement comes when the Supreme Court moves towards which of the following actions?
(a) Removing gender-based arguments from its hearings.
(b) Reconsidering abortion rights.
(c) Striking down the Equal Rights Amendment.
(d) Removing all gender-neutral policies from public laws.

2. Faludi suggests that movies are used by men to deal with their emotions concerning women. How does she suggest this is done?
(a) When watching movies with female partners, men cow them into silence by shouting at the screen.
(b) They avoid movies in which women are not treated equally and support movies that show they are progressive and in support of the feminist movement.
(c) By watching tapes at home men develop bitter grudges and ongoing fears about women.
(d) In dark theaters men work out deep-seated resentments and fears about women.

3. Which book provides the "devastating" statistics that there is a seventy-three percent decline in a woman's standard of living during the first year after divorce versus a man's forty-seven percent increase?
(a) <i>The Divorce Revolution.</i>
(b) <i>The Divorce Generation.</i>
(c) <i>When Divorce Happens.</i>
(d) <i>The Force of Divorce.</i>

4. Sociologist Lenore Weitzman suggests that the issue of divorce should be handled by doing all of the following EXCEPT:
(a) "Fine-tuning" new divorce laws.
(b) Focusing on the core question of whether women are better off "protected" or equal.
(c) Rejecting the "charade" of the old system.
(d) Collecting pre-reform data against which to test her hypothesis.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Part 2 of the book <i>The Backlash in Popular Culture</i> looks at trends in all the following media EXCEPT:

2. British directory/screenwriter James Dearden's screenplay makes the adulterous husband more sympathetic; however, according to Faludi, it was intended to be an exploration of what?

3. Surveys show that an overwhelming majority of women feel there is still a need for all of the following EXCEPT:

4. According to <i>Backlash</i>, attacking the feminist movement is accomplished by systematically using which of the following?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. The feminist movement gained support and momentum in 1984 when Representative Geraldine Ferraro was nominated for vice-president on the Democratic ticket. Four years later, however, female candidates running for office are at record lows and they do not win most of the races for which they run. What is the explanation for this vast shift over a four-year period?

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

3. Briefly chronicle George Gilder's career in the feminist movement.

4. Several doctors are discussed in Chapter 8 of the book. Faludi writes about the ways in which they help the backlash and use their credentials to sponsor cosmetic products. Name at least one of these doctors and describe his or her role in the backlash by the cosmetics industry.

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

6. 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.

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

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

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

10. In a survey of men, it was found that only a small percentage truly supported equality for women. Identify two reasons why men would support equality for women and two reasons why they would not support this initiative.

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