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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. According to Faludi, cosmetic companies try to increase sales by ___________ their products.

2. What three relationship trends increased in the 1950s?

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

4. In the American version of the French film Three Men and a Baby, what significant change is made to the story line?

5. After the pop media launches its assault on single womanhood and increasing divorce numbers, what does Faludi quote as the percent drop in divorce rates?

Short Essay Questions

1. After Reagan is elected president, many changes occur in the political arena that affect the feminist movement. Discuss three of these changes and how they affect the fight for women's rights.

2. 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?

3. 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

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. 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?

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

7. According to survey responses, women believe they need equal pay, the right to abortions, and decent childcare. Discuss how reforms in those areas would impact women's lives.

8. 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.

9. Discuss three instances in which Faludi uses personification in her description of the backlash.

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

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast the careers of Margarita Levin, Sylvia Ann Hewlett, and Betty Friedan.

Essay Topic 3

In Chapter 12 of the book, Faludi appears to suggest that popular psychology focuses its efforts on convincing women that they must marry. Why is this one of the goals of the backlash? Why is it an effective attack-point against the feminist movement? Why is it a good strategy to use psychology to make this attack?

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