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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. Which of the following women bets a male reporter that she will marry by forty?

2. During the 1980s all the following firsts are accomplished EXCEPT:

3. Which 1980s movie is credited for fueling a "monogamy trend" and "reinvigorating marriage"?

4. What are the findings of the 1987 survey conducted by <i>Fortune</i> magazine on the issue of "bailing out," the term used to describe female MBA students opting for less demanding careers to concentrate on marriage and family?

5. According to Faludi, how are female characters treated in morality tales?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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.

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

3. Murphy Brown and Roseanne were two characters who were reviled by the backlash according to Faludi. Why were these women disliked so strongly? Also discuss the ways in which the backlash launches their attack of Murphy and Roseanne.

4. 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.

5. The CBS hit show <i>Cagney and Lacey</i> 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?

6. Faludi comments that "men see more clearly than women how women united could change government and society." What is the impact of men seeing this more clearly?

7. Summarize the Sears, Roebuck, and Co. battle with the EEOC?

8. Describe the ways in which Poet Robert Bly affects the feminist movement.

9. Identify three reasons why a periodical such as <i>The New England Journal of Medicine</i> would publish flawed data concerning fertility rates of young women.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The feminist movement in America is commonly cited as being strongest in the 1960s and 1970s. Do you agree with this assertion? Why or Why not? How do you believe the movement has affected our society? How are we different and similar to other cultures that have not had similar movements? What do you see as the biggest benefit provided to our society due to the feminist movement? What is the biggest harm inflicted on our society due to this movement?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Identify and explain the major differences between the way Jockey approaches women's intimate apparel in 1982 compared to its competitors Victoria Secret and Maidenform.

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