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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 what is the greatest fear of suffrage opponents in the 1910s?
(a) The creation of a "feminist party."
(b) Smaller household sizes among the middle class.
(c) The decline of morality in society.
(d) Political indifference by women.

2. Beverly LaHaye founds Concerned Women for America (CWA); her husband Tim LaHaye is co-founder of which organization?
(a) Moral Majority.
(b) Young Americans for Freedom.
(c) Free Congress Foundation.
(d) Heritage Foundation.

3. Women's progress in the military falls after the Carter administration had ushered in a _______________ growth rate.
(a) Small.
(b) 800%.
(c) Marginal.
(d) Undocumented but noteworthy.

4. Faludi claims that the requirement of parental consent results in which of the following statistics?
(a) A forty percent climb in the birth rate among fifteen to seventeen-year-olds.
(b) A reversal in the eighteen-year trend of a downward teenage birthrate.
(c) A two percent rise in second trimester abortions.
(d) All answers are correct.

5. Sylvia Ann Hewlett worked at which university?
(a) Cornell.
(b) Yeshiva University.
(c) No answers are correct.
(d) Barnard College.

Short Answer Questions

1. "It's All in Your Mind" looks at ¬¬_______________ in the 1980s backlash.

2. George Gilder writes that family is the ______________ so males denied this are apt to________________.

3. Which author uses fairy tales to generalize about men and women without offending anyone?

4. What percentage of younger women feel more akin to NOW than to either political party?

5. The New Right select which of the following adjectives to describe feminism?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. How does Sylvia Ann Hewlett attack and affect the ERA?

4. According to Faludi, why are men like John Willke and Randall Terry engaged in the fight against abortion.

5. Recount the backlash's efforts to eliminate the effectiveness of the Women's Educational Equity Act.

6. The feminist movement gained support and momentum in 1984 when Representative Geraldine Ferraro was nominated for vice-president on the Democratic ticket. Four years later, however, female candidates running for office are at record lows and they do not win most of the races for which they run. What is the explanation for this vast shift over a four-year period?

7. Describe the ways in which Poet Robert Bly affects the feminist movement.

8. 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.

9. 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.

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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