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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. Which backlash proponent calls himself "America's Number-One Anti-feminist"?
(a) Allan Bloom.
(b) George Gilder.
(c) Warren Farrell.
(d) Michael Levin

2. According to Faludi, abortion is legal in every state:
(a) And is supported by a majority of women.
(b) Since colonial times.
(c) All of the above.
(d) Until women's rights becomes an issue in the mid nineteenth century.

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

4. The federal "reductions in force" hit women over which level twice as badly as men?
(a) G.S. 11.
(b) All answers are correct.
(c) G.S. 5.
(d) G.S. 9.

5. What percentage of younger women feel more akin to NOW than to either political party?
(a) 50 percent.
(b) 83 percent.
(c) 28 percent.
(d) 75 percent.

Short Answer Questions

1. In 1987 what percent of single women accept bearing and raising children outside wedlock?

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. In the 1980s, Faludi makes the point that women are marginalized and can ask for childcare and parental leave only if they forego seeking all of the following except:

4. The book backlash claims that which of the following is true?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Summarize the case of Angela Carder.

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

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

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

7. 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?

8. 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.

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

10. 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.

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