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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 identified which of the following books as the most widely quoted and influential feminist work in the 1980s?
(a) Sexual Personae.
(b) Sex and Destiny.
(c) In a Different Voice.
(d) Ms. Still.

2. Select the woman who becomes a popular Christian speaker and broadcaster, and in 1978 publishes The Spirit-Controlled Woman, calling on fundamentalist women to overcome passivity and develop a public voice--all by and for Jesus.
(a) Phyllis Schlafly.
(b) Faith Whittlesey.
(c) Beverly LaHaye.
(d) Connaught ("Connie") Marshner.

3. According to Faludi what was one of the radical suggestions made by Franham and Lundberg's Modern Women?
(a) Providing day care centers at all jobs with at least 20 women employed.
(b) Suggest that the government approve family counseling programs.
(c) Subsidizing psychotherapy to get neurotic women married.
(d) Helping women to understand that they must fulfill their own career goals.

4. All of the following are listed for reasons for newspapers cutting available jobs except:
(a) Falling ad lineage.
(b) Unchanging market share.
(c) Declining circulation.
(d) Mergers.

5. Which of these is not a goal of the New Right?
(a) Censoring of birth control information.
(b) A ban on all abortions.
(c) All answers are correct.
(d) Revocation of the Equal Pay Act.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which of the following women is one of the co-authors of the book No More Lonely Nights?

2. Who does Faludi cite as the most famous feminist to retract her views?

3. The co-directors of which of the following organizations declare themselves "the psychological arm of the women's movement"?

4. Which book shows Reagan's influence in criticizing the welfare state and pushing volunteerism and individual responsibility?

5. By ignoring women's issues in his acceptance speech, which presidential candidate sees his twenty-four percent gender gap decease to only eight percent by Election Day?

Short Essay Questions

1. As one of the czars under President Regan, Gary Bauer represents male politicians who attack feminism. These men attempt to serve the backlash vocally while being unable to do so in reality with their own families. Describe the contradiction for Bauer.

2. In her tone and word use, Faludi defends Carol Gilligan as an unlucky researcher whose work is misused to support the backlash. Give three examples of where Faludi's tone or word use convey this message.

3. Identify two of the books listed in this chapter that focus on women getting married. Explain why the focus of these books is not helpful to women.

4. Author and radio show host Toni Grant provides advice to help women be happy, overcome the obstacles of feminism, and get married. Highlight how her relationship advice contrasts with her real life relationships.

5. Discuss the history of the term masochism and how it has been used to label women. Explain how the American Psychiatric Association considers adding this term to its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) in 1985.

6. Provide a chronological discussion of how women and feminists battle against the American Psychiatric Association as it considers adding the term masochism to its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) in 1985.

7. The press touts a shrinking pay gap and decreasing discrimination for women in white-collar positions. According to Faludi, however, this is not the case. Explain the evidence Faludi presents to refute the presses claims.

8. Discuss at least two of the implications of the fetal protection movement.

9. Chronicle the life of Connaught ("Connie") Marshner after she leaves college.

10. Highlight the 1980s battle against abortion and women's rights to control their reproductive rights.

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