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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, Randall Terry is a leading figure in the antiabortion movement and his emotional baggage dates from which of the following?
(a) No answers are correct.
(b) Being raised by three feminist aunts who each had personal stakes in legal abortions.
(c) Being the product of a failed abortion attempt by his mother.
(d) Been rejected by his father who was married and wanted his mother to have an abortion.

2. Women become a majority of the electorate in 1984. In 1986 how do they influence national politics?
(a) They elect a Democratic President.
(b) No answers are correct.
(c) They select Geraldine Ferraro for Vice-President.
(d) They return the Senate to the Democrats.

3. According to Toni Grant, self-assertion for women is abnormal and relinquishing control is naturally feminine. Therefore, when women attempt to control their own destiny they are in fact showing that they are _____________.
(a) Self-destructive.
(b) Masochistic.
(c) All answers are correct.
(d) Misogynistic.

4. What is the message of chapter 11, "The Backlash Brain Trust: From Neocons to Neofems"?
(a) How large non-profit organizations fund backlash efforts in the 1980.
(b) How laypeople are used by the backlash to discredit feminism in the 1980s.
(c) No answers are correct.
(d) How a variety of "experts" both frighten and confuse people about feminism in the 1980s.

5. The co-directors of which of the following organizations declare themselves "the psychological arm of the women's movement"?
(a) American Psychological Association.
(b) National Self-Help Clearinghouse.
(c) American Psychiatric Association.
(d) American Psychosis Association.

Short Answer Questions

1. Faludi suggests that Western European "social feminists" have a better record with childcare and maternity leave because of which of the following?

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

3. Which of the following network replacements is not accurate?

4. Grant claims that Gilligan's In a Different Voice teaches her that the "______________" is the essence of being a woman.

5. Which of the following occur in the case of Angela Carder ("A.C"), age twenty-eight, a bone cancer victim who conceives in 1984 while in remission?

Short Essay Questions

1. Michael Levin and his wife Margarita Levin are highlighted as examples of a couple who espouse anti-feminist views while benefiting from feminist thoughts and perspectives. In what ways does Faludi believe this is seen in their lives?

2. Faludi writes that many fundamentalist preachers fear feminism because it threatens their status. Identify and explain the reasons she gives for this fear.

3. 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.

4. In Chapter 11, "The Backlash Brain Trust: From Neocons to Neofems," an author states that male academics in an era of "political correctness" are like "shell-shocked" Cambodian refugees. In addition, feminists change departments and courses, and hire only their own. Faludi, however, suggests that the data show a different reality for women in academia. List three to five of her arguments.

5. 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.

6. Why is it an important fight for the women to challenge the use of the word masochism in Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM))?

7. 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.

8. 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.

9. Briefly chronicle George Gilder's career in the feminist movement.

10. Highlight Chapter 13's presentation of the prominent battle between NBC, ABC, and the women who choose to stand up to their policies?

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