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

2. This fragrance initially "celebrates women's liberation" but eventually ran campaigns in which under-aged models were used.
(a) Charlie.
(b) Estee Lauder.
(c) Mystique.
(d) Beautiful.

3. All of the following are researchers on the Harvard-Yale marriage study EXCEPT:
(a) Jeanne Moorman.
(b) Neil Bennett.
(c) Patricia Craig.
(d) David Bloom.

4. Yankelovich Monitor surveys find that "masculinity" is often defined as a man being a "good provider." This has negative implications for which of the following aspects of the feminist movement?
(a) Women's desires to control their own fertility.
(b) Women's choices of fashion and clothing.
(c) Women's drive for economic equality.
(d) Women's increasing presence in the political arena.

5. Backlash is written in which decade?
(a) 1970s.
(b) 1980s.
(c) 1950s.
(d) 1960s.

Short Answer Questions

1. 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?

2. Whose design house loses $9.3 million in 1989?

3. Another blow to the feminist movement comes when the Supreme Court moves towards which of the following actions?

4. Faludi asserts that a major objective of the attack on feminism is the desire to:

5. Sociologist Lenore Weitzman suggests that the issue of divorce should be handled by doing all of the following EXCEPT:

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Faludi writes that getting ABC to put Marilyn French's best-selling novel The Women's Room on screen is Esther Shapiro's "most grueling" professional experience. What are some of the factors that make this project so difficult?

5. The cosmetics industry has a long history of dictating difficult and unhealthy trends for women's bodies. Discuss what physical looks and trends are pushed from the Victorian era through 1970 according to Faludi.

6. 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.

7. 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

8. What is the purpose of the book Backlash: The Undeclared War against American Women?

9. 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.

10. Murphy Brown and Roseanne were two characters who were reviled by the backlash according to Faludi. Why were these women disliked so strongly? Also discuss the ways in which the backlash launches their attack of Murphy and Roseanne.

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