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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. Grant concludes that women's liberation is a set of "big lies" that lead to all of the following EXCEPT:
(a) Promiscuity.
(b) Exhaustion.
(c) Stress.
(d) Financial ruin.

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

3. According to Faludi, rather than helping women to overcome the problems with misogyny, the book If I'm So Wonderful, Why Am I Still Single? suggests that women can be happy only if they do all of the following EXCEPT:
(a) Strive to be self-fulfilled.
(b) Postpone careers until children are grown.
(c) Stop trying to make men change.
(d) Learn to compromise.

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

5. To gain support for the anti-abortion backlash, the media frame the struggle as:
(a) A parental debate over maternal versus paternal rights.
(b) A moral and biological debate over when life begins.
(c) No answers are correct.
(d) A moral and biological debate between mothers versus fetuses' rights.

Short Answer Questions

1. In 1988, at every level, writes Faludi, women candidates above the state legislature are at record low numbers and those who run generally lose. What does Faludi blame for this trend?

2. In 1984, who is the highest-placed woman in the New Right?

3. Women Who Love Too Much: When You Keep Wishing and Hoping He'll Change is written by which of the following authors?

4. 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?

5. Which backlash proponent calls himself "America's Number-One Anti-feminist"?

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. 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.

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

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

5. Summarize the Sears, Roebuck, and Co. battle with the EEOC?

6. The media is highlighted as a field in which women see some of the worst progress. What evidence does Faludi use to support her claim?

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. 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.

9. 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.

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

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