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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 asserts that under the Reagan administration which of the following are pressured to generate data that fit the war on women's independence?
(a) University researchers.
(b) Media organizations receiving federal grants.
(c) U.S. Department of Education statisticians.
(d) U.S. Census Bureau demographers.

2. ________ issues more miniskirts and says older women want to feel sexy on the job and ________ agrees: "gals" like to show their legs.
(a) Bill Blass, Calvin Klein.
(b) John Weitz, Christian Dior.
(c) Calvin Klein, Christian Lacroix.
(d) No answers are correct.

3. Fatal and Fetal Visions deals with how the_________ serve the backlash.
(a) Television.
(b) Movies.
(c) Magazines.
(d) Newspapers.

4. Advertisers tell women career success is harming their complexions and causing all of the following except:
(a) Dandruff.
(b) Dry skin.
(c) Hair loss.
(d) Weight gain.

5. In the book Backlash, attackers of the feminist movement are described as working to put women back in their "proper" place _________________ and __________.
(a) Morally, ethnologically.
(b) Psychologically, physically.
(c) Relationally, traditionally.
(d) Physiologically, emotionally.

Short Answer Questions

1. The author writes that the feminist movement is blamed for all the evil in ________ society.

2. The major networks parade tearfully "penitent unwed" women through the media; Faludi highlights examples from all the following networks EXCEPT:

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

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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.

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

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

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

8. After Reagan is elected president, many changes occur in the political arena that affect the feminist movement. Discuss three of these changes and how they affect the fight for women's rights.

9. The New Right attempts to denounce day care; however, what does the evidence and data suggest?

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

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