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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Part 2 of the book <i>The Backlash in Popular Culture</i> looks at trends in all the following media EXCEPT:

2. Faludi asserts that under the Reagan administration which of the following are pressured to generate data that fit the war on women's independence?

3. Retin-A is approved by the FDA to treat _____________ and is eventually marketed to treat ________.

4. Which of the following women is cited in the book as being consistently shut out of the Emmys, disapproved of in public by George Bush, and having a nationwide club formed just to hate and revile her?

5. The backlash seeks to divide and conquer by pitting women against each other. Faludi describes all of the following battle lines EXCEPT:

Short Essay Questions

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

2. The CBS hit show <i>Cagney and Lacey</i> deals with the serious issue of the unmarried character, Cagney, becoming pregnant. Summarize Faludi's perspective on the manner in which this issue is resolved?

3. 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?

4. In their advice manuals, <i>Smart Women/Foolish Choices</i> and <i>Women Men Love/Women Men Leave</i>, Melvin Kinder and Connell Cowan provide advice that is harmful to women. Give some examples of this advice and why it is harmful to women?

5. Recount the stages of the "Intimate Apparel Explosion" as written by Faludi. In your account, include the names of at least four individuals and/or companies

6. Compare and contrast the ways women react after the backlash of the 1980s.

7. Who is Dr. Robert Harvey and why is he discussed in the chapter on the cosmetic industry?

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

9. The New Right attempts to denounce day care; however, what does the evidence and data suggest?

10. Contrast the media's transition from applauding "brave" relationship choices in the 1970s to the position the media outlets took to address this issue in the 1980s.

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

The fight for the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) was a long and bitter one according to Faludi's account of the issue. In your own words, summarize the stages of the fight. Discuss the implications this amendment would have had on the nation and its workforce.

Essay Topic 2

Explain how the entertainment industry and its executives sway public opinion and how they are in turn swayed by public opinion.

Essay Topic 3

Working Woman and Good Housekeeping are two women's magazines that have played a role in the fight for women's rights. Summarize the position taken by each magazine in regards to the feminist movement. Summaries should first present the magazine's position across the decades from the 1950s to the present and then deal with the position of the magazine in general. How do you believe their positions have affected the feminist movement?

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