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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. 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.

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

3. The term "strong-armed into motherhood" is used by Faludi to describe which of the following movies?
(a) Broadcast News.
(b) Baby Boom.
(c) Crossing Delancey.
(d) Fatal Attraction.

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

5. According to Faludi, how are female characters treated in morality tales?
(a) Good mothers are punished, and independent women win.
(b) Good mothers win, and single women are always envious of those in traditional roles.
(c) Women are not judged according to their lifestyle choices.
(d) Good mothers win, and independent women are punished.

Short Answer Questions

1. Faludi asserts that the decade's only real infertility epidemic is among young _____ women and is caused largely by the failure to treat ______ early on.

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

3. Select the magazine that Faludi praises for using federal statistics to accurately portray the career choices of women.

4. Faludi states that which of the following is less harmful to women than other forms of plastic surgery?

5. What is the theme of Chapter 8, "Beauty and the Backlash"?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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.

2. 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

3. 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.

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

5. 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.

6. 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.

7. 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.

8. 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?

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

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

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