Backlash: The Undeclared War against American Women Test | Final 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. What is Carol Gilligan's criticism of Lawrence Kohlberg's six-stage ladder?

2. Faludi claims that Robin Norwood stops making speeches, divorces, and withdraws into a "shell-like existence" after which of the following events?

3. If I'm So Wonderful, Why Am I Still Single? (1988) was written by which of the following authors?

4. According to Faludi what was one of the radical suggestions made by Franham and Lundberg's Modern Women?

5. Paul Weyrich is defined by Faludi as all the following EXCEPT:

Short Essay Questions

1. Summarize the case of Angela Carder.

2. In her tone and word use, Faludi defends Carol Gilligan as an unlucky researcher whose work is misused to support the backlash. Give three examples of where Faludi's tone or word use convey this message.

3. According to Faludi, why are men like John Willke and Randall Terry engaged in the fight against abortion.

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

5. Highlight the 1980s battle against abortion and women's rights to control their reproductive rights.

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

7. In Chapter 11, "The Backlash Brain Trust: From Neocons to Neofems," an author states that male academics in an era of "political correctness" are like "shell-shocked" Cambodian refugees. In addition, feminists change departments and courses, and hire only their own. Faludi, however, suggests that the data show a different reality for women in academia. List three to five of her arguments.

8. Provide a chronological discussion of how women and feminists battle against the American Psychiatric Association as it considers adding the term masochism to its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) in 1985.

9. How does Sylvia Ann Hewlett attack and affect the ERA?

10. The media is highlighted as a field in which women see some of the worst progress. What evidence does Faludi use to support her claim?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

Throughout her book, Faludi presents backlash supporters who bash the feminist movement while enjoying its benefits. She seems to make the issue black or white asserting that if a person does not support the movement entirely, then he/she is a hypocrite for taking actions that could be supported by feminists. Is this an appropriate position for Faludi to take? Why or why not?

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