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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. 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. National Center for Health Statistics.
(c) The New England Journal of Medicine.
(d) U.S. Census Bureau.

2. Television assaults the women's movement less than Hollywood movies; Faludi states that this is because of what factor?
(a) Women are a majority of viewers and are advertisers' prime target.
(b) Television producers do not wish to tackle these issues through on-screen programming.
(c) There are more women executives in the television industry who support the women's movement.
(d) Hollywood movies have greater budgets and more freedom with their creativity.

3. After the pop media launches its assault on single womanhood and increasing divorce numbers, what does Faludi quote as the percent drop in divorce rates?
(a) 2.0 percent.
(b) 20 percent.
(c) 0.2 percent.
(d) 2.2 percent.

4. In the late 1980s, circulation of traditional women's magazines is down sharply with Good Housekeeping the worst off and Working Woman the best off. To what does Faludi attribute the relative success of Working Woman?
(a) The magazine is concentrating on career women's needs.
(b) Surveys show that Working Woman has many more loyal readers.
(c) Executives at Working Woman focus on traditional female roles, which is what readers want.
(d) Working Woman has a better system of distribution.

5. The chapter "Teen Angels and Unwed Witches" turns to which of the following media?
(a) Movies.
(b) Television.
(c) Newspaper.
(d) Magazines.

Short Answer Questions

1. The backlash seeks to divide and conquer by pitting women against each other. Faludi describes all of the following battle lines EXCEPT:

2. In 1989 which Ivy League university commissioned a survey that confirmed the findings of the Fortune magazine research on female MBA students "bailing out"?

3. ________ issues more miniskirts and says older women want to feel sexy on the job and ________ agrees: "gals" like to show their legs.

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

5. Faludi writes that all of the following designers try to push femininity onto working women except:

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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.

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

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

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

6. 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?

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

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

9. Discuss the way in which the movies and television treat the subject of women and careers.

10. Select at least three media outlets and discuss how they work with the backlash to use relationship "scare tactics" to fight against the feminist movement.

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