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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. In the 1980 presidential election, the only clear differentiation from the Democrats comes when the Republicans do what according to Faludi?
(a) Revoke the Equal Pay Act
(b) Put forth an anti-abortion platform.
(c) Oppose the ERA.
(d) All answers are correct.

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

3. Grant claims that Gilligan's In a Different Voice teaches her that the "______________" is the essence of being a woman.
(a) All answers are correct.
(b) Discovery of self.
(c) Quest for romance.
(d) Embracing of one's femininity.

4. Which book blames women for depleting men of "vim and vigor"?
(a) Wealth and Poverty.
(b) The Closing of the American Mind.
(c) Feminism and Freedom.
(d) Ripon Forum.

5. George Gilder writes that family is the ______________ so males denied this are apt to________________.
(a) Acid test of manhood, devolve into brutes.
(b) All answers are correct.
(c) Greatest gift to men and women, resent the women who will not marry.
(d) Death of the American male, enjoy greater freedom.

Short Answer Questions

1. NBC and ABC use which of the following to undercut women's efforts to organize?

2. Part 3, "Origins of a Reaction: Backlash Movers, Shakers, and Thinkers," begins by looking at "The Politics of Resentment: The ___________ War on Women."

3. Faludi identified which of the following books as the most widely quoted and influential feminist work in the 1980s?

4. What is Carol Gilligan's criticism of Lawrence Kohlberg's six-stage ladder?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

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

5. 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?

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

7. 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.

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. 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.

10. When Faludi writes that New Right women are less "trapped in the backlash eddies," what does she mean?

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