Backlash: The Undeclared War against American Women Test | Lesson Plans Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. Another blow to the feminist movement comes when the Supreme Court moves towards which of the following actions?

2. Faludi suggests that movies are used by men to deal with their emotions concerning women. How does she suggest this is done?

3. Which book provides the "devastating" statistics that there is a seventy-three percent decline in a woman's standard of living during the first year after divorce versus a man's forty-seven percent increase?

4. Sociologist Lenore Weitzman suggests that the issue of divorce should be handled by doing all of the following EXCEPT:

5. In her timeline of women's cosmetic trends, Faludi states that the bright, healthy, athletic look is popular in which era?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

2. Discuss the implications of the misinformation perpetuated by the Harvard study.

3. Briefly chronicle George Gilder's career in the feminist movement.

4. Several doctors are discussed in Chapter 8 of the book. Faludi writes about the ways in which they help the backlash and use their credentials to sponsor cosmetic products. Name at least one of these doctors and describe his or her role in the backlash by the cosmetics industry.

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

6. Discuss how the backlash uses the technique of divide and conquer. Analyze how each of the following pairs of women can be pitted against each other: single versus married, working versus homemakers, and affluent versus working poor.

7. On the issue of women's liberation and equality, compare the perspective of politicians, journalists, and business leaders versus those of women.

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

9. Summarize three ways in which Felice Schwartz affects the feminist movement.

10. In a survey of men, it was found that only a small percentage truly supported equality for women. Identify two reasons why men would support equality for women and two reasons why they would not support this initiative.

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Identify three to four ways in which the feminist movement can be used to improve the circumstances of women, men, and families in our society.

Essay Topic 2

Throughout the book, Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women, Faludi highlights research studies and books that use flawed data collection, methods of analysis, or interpretations. Three of such studies were the Harvard-Yale marriage study, the work of Dr. Srully Blotnick, and Lenore Weitzman's 1985 book, The Divorce Revolution. Describe the role each of these works played in subverting the fight for women's rights. Highlight two or three examples from each of the three publications.

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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