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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. <i>Backlash</i> is written in which decade?
(a) 1960s.
(b) 1980s.
(c) 1950s.
(d) 1970s.

2. Faludi states that in 1986, NBC and <i>Cosmopolitan</i> warn women of three side effects of divorce including:
(a) Depression, loneliness, and an empty bank account.
(b) An empty bank account, bitterness, and loneliness.
(c) Childlessness, bitterness, and financial ruin.
(d) Loneliness, depression, and childlessness.

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

4. Which author publishes a 922-page compendium in which 4,500 women despair about not being treated as equals by mates?
(a) Patricia Craig.
(b) No answers are correct.
(c) Shere Hite.
(d) Dr. Srully Blotnick.

5. Faludi notes that rarely do the backlash's "force and furor" become as public as when which of the following occurs?
(a) When women's clinics are firebombed.
(b) When women's clinics are awarded additional funding.
(c) When women's clinics are shut down due to systematic lobbying efforts.
(d) When prominent politicians deliver speeches against feminism.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Faludi, cosmetic companies try to increase sales by ___________ their products.

2. Victoria Secret was intended to be the:

3. The chapter "Teen Angels and Unwed Witches" turns to which of the following media?

4. Advertisers tell women career success is harming their complexions and causing all of the following except:

5. Why do politicians, journalists, and business leaders claim that women need no more help advancing?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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.

2. 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.

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

4. Who is Dr. Robert Harvey and why is he discussed in the chapter on the cosmetic industry?

5. After Reagan is elected president, many changes occur in the political arena that affect the feminist movement. Discuss three of these changes and how they affect the fight for women's rights.

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

7. 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.

8. 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.

9. In their advice manuals, <i>Smart Women/Foolish Choices</i> and <i>Women Men Love/Women Men Leave</i>, Melvin Kinder and Connell Cowan provide advice that is harmful to women. Give some examples of this advice and why it is harmful to women?

10. According to Faludi, why are men like John Willke and Randall Terry engaged in the fight against abortion.

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