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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. Who is nicknamed "The Breast Man of San Francisco"?
(a) Dr. John Voorhees.
(b) Dr. Robert Harvey.
(c) Dr. Hugo Ramirez.
(d) Dr. Jack Statz.

2. Who casts his wife in the demeaning role of an unsmiling female doctor who clutches her book about obsession and compulsion?
(a) David Mamet.
(b) James Dearden.
(c) Adrian Lyne.
(d) Michael Douglas.

3. Newsweek uses the metaphor that women are "______ ________ to be killed by a terrorist" than to _________.
(a) Less likely, divorce.
(b) More likely, divorce.
(c) More likely, marry.
(d) Less likely, marry.

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

5. When women boo Sheila Levine Is Dead and Living in New York, Faludi sees this as an indication that women want to embrace single womanhood. She says this because of which of the following?
(a) No answers are correct.
(b) They disagree with the ending in the novel in which the author does not feel the need to marry off the single women.
(c) They disagree with the choices of spouses and feel that the writers mismatched the female leads and the men that they marry.
(d) They prefer the ending in the novel in which the author does not feel the need to marry off the single women. They do not like the wedding scenes and prefer more romantic settings.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. By questioning whether the "backlash" is a new phenomenon, some social observers admit that there has been:

3. 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?

4. In Angels 88 screenwriter Brad Markowitz has been ordered to do all of the following except:

5. Faludi presents Ms. Magazine as a media outlet that has abandoned its flagship status as a supporter of the feminist movement. She writes that the magazine returns to its roots only after what happens?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. In the book, Faludi highlights the following three shows: All in the Family, Maude, The Mary Tyler Moore Show. Explain what point Faludi makes by highlighting these three shows.

3. Several doctors are discussed in Chapter 8 of the book. Faludi writes about the ways in which they help the backlash and use their credentials to sponsor cosmetic products. Name at least one of these doctors and describe his or her role in the backlash by the cosmetics industry.

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

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

6. Contrast the media's transition from applauding "brave" relationship choices in the 1970s to the position the media outlets took to address this issue in the 1980s.

7. 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.

8. 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.

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

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

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