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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. What are the findings of the 1987 survey conducted by Fortune magazine on the issue of "bailing out," the term used to describe female MBA students opting for less demanding careers to concentrate on marriage and family?
(a) It finds a tiny gender gap--with more men than women putting family over professional advancement.
(b) It finds no gender gap--both men and women are putting family over professional advancement.
(c) No answers are correct.
(d) It finds a tiny gender gap--with more women than men putting family over professional advancement.

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

3. Which of the following terms was coined as a part of the backlash?
(a) Husband shortage.
(b) Feminism movement.
(c) Mommy syndrome.
(d) Biological clock.

4. Part 2 of the book The Backlash in Popular Culture looks at trends in all the following media EXCEPT:
(a) Internet.
(b) Television.
(c) Print.
(d) Magazines.

5. During the 1980s all the following firsts are accomplished EXCEPT:
(a) The U.S. Census stops defining head of household as the husband.
(b) Women outnumber men on unemployment lines.
(c) Women outnumber men in college attendance.
(d) Women outnumber men in total jobs.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the complete title of the book, Backlash?

2. Faludi makes the point that most women who go mad in 1970s films are repressed and neglected housewives. According to the author, these women do all of the following except what?

3. The chapter "Teen Angels and Unwed Witches" turns to which of the following media?

4. In the book Backlash, attackers of the feminist movement are described as working to put women back in their "proper" place _________________ and __________.

5. Backlash is written in which decade?

Short Essay Questions

1. Select at least three media outlets and discuss how they work with the backlash to use relationship "scare tactics" to fight against the feminist movement.

2. 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.

3. The CBS hit show Cagney and Lacey deals with the serious issue of the unmarried character, Cagney, becoming pregnant. Summarize Faludi's perspective on the manner in which this issue is resolved?

4. 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.

5. 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.

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

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

8. 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.

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

10. 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.

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