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

2. The author writes that the feminist movement is blamed for all the evil in ________ society.
(a) Every.
(b) Contemporary.
(c) Historical.
(d) Futuristic.

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

4. Surveys show that an overwhelming majority of women feel there is still a need for all of the following EXCEPT:
(a) The right to abortions.
(b) Child-rearing courses.
(c) An Equal Rights Amendment (ERA).
(d) Decent childcare.

5. 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"?
(a) Stanford.
(b) Yale.
(c) Harvard.
(d) Columbia.

Short Answer Questions

1. During the 1980s all the following firsts are accomplished EXCEPT:

2. Faludi states that in 1986, NBC and <i>Cosmopolitan</i> warn women of three side effects of divorce including:

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

4. In the American version of the French film <i>Three Men and a Baby</i>, what significant change is made to the story line?

5. The major networks parade tearfully "penitent unwed" women through the media; Faludi highlights examples from all the following networks EXCEPT:

Short Essay Questions

1. Provide a chronological discussion of how women and feminists battle against the American Psychiatric Association as it considers adding the term masochism to its <i>Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM)</i> in 1985.

2. In chapter 7 of the book, why does Faludi write that retailers use the word "choice" to make their sales pitches "sound feminist"?

3. Highlight Chapter 13's presentation of the prominent battle between NBC, ABC, and the women who choose to stand up to their policies?

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

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

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

7. As one of the czars under President Regan, Gary Bauer represents male politicians who attack feminism. These men attempt to serve the backlash vocally while being unable to do so in reality with their own families. Describe the contradiction for Bauer.

8. Chronicle the evolution of <i>Ms.</i> magazine in the 1980s.

9. 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.

10. Compare and contrast the ways women react after the backlash of the 1980s.

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