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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. In Part 1 of Backlash, "Myths and Flashbacks" which of the following myths is analyzed?
(a) Fertility Booms.
(b) Man Shortages.
(c) Family Upheavals.
(d) Feminist Satisfactions.

2. Victoria Secret was intended to be the:
(a) Store where women could buy lingerie without the interruptions of men.
(b) Retail store to provide real intimate attire for real women.
(c) Type of store where couples could purchase intimate attire for dress-up fantasies.
(d) Disneyland version of a 19th-century lady's dressing room.

3. By questioning whether the "backlash" is a new phenomenon, some social observers admit that there has been:
(a) Long-standing resistance to women's rights.
(b) An undercurrent of resentment against working fathers.
(c) Long-standing support for women's rights.
(d) A culture of support for working mothers.

4. The backlash seeks to divide and conquer by pitting women against each other. Faludi describes all of the following battle lines EXCEPT:
(a) Affluent versus working poor.
(b) Working versus homemakers.
(c) Young versus old.
(d) Single versus married.

5. By the 1980s the media begins to hail the arrival of a "________ generation."
(a) Anti-feminist.
(b) Post-gender.
(c) Anti-gender.
(d) Post-feminist.

Short Answer Questions

1. Television assaults the women's movement less than Hollywood movies; Faludi states that this is because of what factor?

2. 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?

3. Faludi asserts that under the Reagan administration which of the following are pressured to generate data that fit the war on women's independence?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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.

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

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

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

8. 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.

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

10. 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.

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