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

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

3. Retin-A is approved by the FDA to treat _____________ and is eventually marketed to treat ________.
(a) Acne, wrinkles.
(b) Acne, acne.
(c) Wrinkles, wrinkles.
(d) Wrinkles, acne.

4. 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) 20 percent.
(b) 0.2 percent.
(c) 2.0 percent.
(d) 2.2 percent.

5. What is the theme of Chapter 8, "Beauty and the Backlash"?
(a) No answers are correct.
(b) The strategies used by cosmetic companies to convince women they must wear makeup to appeal to men and look professional in the workplace.
(c) How the cosmetics industry and plastic surgery complete the "cultural undertow" of the 1980s backlash.
(d) The way in which cosmetics and diet fads are used to subjugate women.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which of the following two anti-feminist movies are made into television sitcoms?

2. Which of the following women is cited in the book as being consistently shut out of the Emmys, disapproved of in public by George Bush, and having a nationwide club formed just to hate and revile her?

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

4. Part 2 of the book The Backlash in Popular Culture looks at trends in all the following media EXCEPT:

5. Women send positive letters after the heroine walks away from the altar in which movie?

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

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

7. 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?

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

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

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

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