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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. According to Faludi, men's opposition to women's rights and the feminist movement is a source of:
(a) Passivity.
(b) Motivation.
(c) Resentment and stress.
(d) Justification for the struggle.

2. Which book provides the "devastating" statistics that there is a seventy-three percent decline in a woman's standard of living during the first year after divorce versus a man's forty-seven percent increase?
(a) When Divorce Happens.
(b) The Force of Divorce.
(c) The Divorce Generation.
(d) The Divorce Revolution.

3. Guess Jeans' advertising campaign is based variously on all the following except:
(a) Elia Kazan's Baby Doll.
(b) Fellini's La Dolce Vita.
(c) Fatal Attraction.
(d) Thirty-Something.

4. In coining the term "cocooning," Faith Popcorn was seeking to do what according to Faludi?
(a) Identify a gender-neutral trend of parents leaving the office for being at home.
(b) Support the backlash's efforts to highlight slight changes in women returning to traditional roles.
(c) Highlight the fact that neither men nor women are placing family time over career advancement.
(d) Show men as being more focused on sacrificing career advancement for family time.

5. 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) U.S. Census Bureau demographers.
(c) U.S. Department of Education statisticians.
(d) Media organizations receiving federal grants.

Short Answer Questions

1. The term "strong-armed into motherhood" is used by Faludi to describe which of the following movies?

2. After Reagan's accession to the presidency, Faludi writes that the two political parties do which of the following?

3. Faludi notes that after Reagan becomes president, which of the following are among the political victims?

4. 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?

5. Cries of a "birth dearth" proudly seeks to scare educated white women into keeping up with which of the following groups according to Faludi?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. In your opinion, why do you believe that society markets marriage and children to women much more than to men?

5. 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.

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

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. 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

10. Murphy Brown and Roseanne were two characters who were reviled by the backlash according to Faludi. Why were these women disliked so strongly? Also discuss the ways in which the backlash launches their attack of Murphy and Roseanne.

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