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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. Select the magazine that Faludi praises for using federal statistics to accurately portray the career choices of women.

2. The term "strong-armed into motherhood" is used by Faludi to describe which of the following movies?

3. Which of the following two anti-feminist movies are made into television sitcoms?

4. The "Big Lie" joins ____________ to the "dime-store moralism of yesteryear."

5. Faludi presents Ms. Magazine as a media outlet that has abandoned its flagship status as a supporter of the feminist movement. She writes that the magazine returns to its roots only after what happens?

Short Essay Questions

1. The CBS hit show Cagney and Lacey 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?

2. What are the implications of the findings that a divorce may not have as lasting a financial impact on women and that men are more likely to suffer greater psychological impact than women following a divorce?

3. What role does Women's Wear Daily play between the fashion industry and the feminist movement?

4. In the book, Faludi highlights the following three shows: All in the Family, Maude, The Mary Tyler Moore Show. Explain what point Faludi makes by highlighting these three shows.

5. In your opinion, why do you believe that society markets marriage and children to women much more than to men?

6. What is the purpose of the book Backlash: The Undeclared War against American Women?

7. Chronicle the evolution of Ms. magazine in the 1980s.

8. In chapter 7 of the book, why does Faludi write that retailers use the word "choice" to make their sales pitches "sound feminist"?

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

10. Faludi writes that getting ABC to put Marilyn French's best-selling novel The Women's Room on screen is Esther Shapiro's "most grueling" professional experience. What are some of the factors that make this project so difficult?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain the trend of "fetal protection" and why it is practiced by such a wide cross section of companies, doctors, lawyers, and court systems. Does it have implications for men and non-child-bearing women? If so, how? What are the implications of this trend on society as a whole?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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