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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. This fragrance initially "celebrates women's liberation" but eventually ran campaigns in which under-aged models were used.

2. Yankelovich Monitor surveys find that "masculinity" is often defined as a man being a "good provider." This has negative implications for which of the following aspects of the feminist movement?

3. Cries of a "birth dearth" proudly seeks to scare educated white women into keeping up with which of the following groups according to Faludi?

4. According to <i>Backlash</i>, the press uses the Harvard-Yale study to scare women into marrying "just to beat the 'odds'." At the same time, they overlook which of the following types of data?

5. Women send positive letters after the heroine walks away from the altar in which movie?

Short Essay Questions

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

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. 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.

4. During the 1988 television season, many female characters joke about being like June Cleaver. What point are they making by claiming this analogy?

5. 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.

6. Identify two of the books listed in this chapter that focus on women getting married. Explain why the focus of these books is not helpful to women.

7. Faludi highlights one example of how women work together to achieve a common goal in the 1980s. Explain how this is accomplished.

8. What is the purpose of the book <i>Backlash: The Undeclared War against American Women</i>?

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

10. The press touts a shrinking pay gap and decreasing discrimination for women in white-collar positions. According to Faludi, however, this is not the case. Explain the evidence Faludi presents to refute the presses claims.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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

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

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

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