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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 Backlash, attacking the feminist movement is accomplished by systematically using which of the following?
(a) Popular culture.
(b) Research on children's opinions.
(c) No answers are correct.
(d) Grassroots movements of husbands and fathers.

2. 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?
(a) A three to five percent first-year rise for men.
(b) A twenty five percent first-year rise for men.
(c) A twenty percent first-year decline for both men and women.
(d) A thirty percent first-year decline for women.

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

4. What outlet first declares that women's chances of conceiving drops not after age forty but after thirty?
(a) French researchers Schwartz and Mayaux.
(b) U.S. Census Bureau.
(c) U.S. National Center for Health Statistics.
(d) The New England Journal of Medicine.

5. When women boo Sheila Levine Is Dead and Living in New York, Faludi sees this as an indication that women want to embrace single womanhood. She says this because of which of the following?
(a) They disagree with the ending in the novel in which the author does not feel the need to marry off the single women.
(b) No answers are correct.
(c) They prefer the ending in the novel in which the author does not feel the need to marry off the single women. They do not like the wedding scenes and prefer more romantic settings.
(d) They disagree with the choices of spouses and feel that the writers mismatched the female leads and the men that they marry.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Backlash, career women are warned that their choice to delay pregnancy and childbirth are resulting in which of the following?

2. In 1987, what does NBC identify as the possible "yuppie disease of the '80s"?

3. Which author publishes a 922-page compendium in which 4,500 women despair about not being treated as equals by mates?

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

5. The term "strong-armed into motherhood" is used by Faludi to describe which of the following movies?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. 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.

5. Briefly explain the series of events that occur after the New York Times announces a "back-to-the-home trend" in 1980 based on six Ivy League undergraduates.

6. Recount the stages of the "Intimate Apparel Explosion" as written by Faludi. In your account, include the names of at least four individuals and/or companies

7. 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?

8. 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.

9. Discuss three instances in which Faludi uses personification in her description of the backlash.

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

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