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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

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

Essay Topic 2

In the Epilogue, Faludi makes the statement that men see more clearly than women how women united could change government and society and that the backlash propaganda is a purposeful overreaction precisely because men "got it." What does she mean by this statement? Use three - five issues from the book to show how men "got it" much more than women and how the men mobilized to create a backlash around these issues.

Essay Topic 3

Faludi writes that Murphy Brown and Roseanne are two characters who are attacked by the backlash. Is this an accurate accusation? Why or why not?

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