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. Which of the following women is a Harvard-educated lawyer and author of nine books who twice runs for Congress?

2. According to Toni Grant, self-assertion for women is abnormal and relinquishing control is naturally feminine. Therefore, when women attempt to control their own destiny they are in fact showing that they are _____________.

3. Faludi identified which of the following books as the most widely quoted and influential feminist work in the 1980s?

4. In 1988, at every level, writes Faludi, women candidates above the state legislature are at record low numbers and those who run generally lose. What does Faludi blame for this trend?

5. Child abuse laws are extended to the fetus and "fetal neglect" bills flood legislatures as a result of which strategy?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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.

2. Discuss at least two of the implications of the fetal protection movement.

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

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

5. Chronicle the life of Connaught ("Connie") Marshner after she leaves college.

6. Author and radio show host Toni Grant provides advice to help women be happy, overcome the obstacles of feminism, and get married. Highlight how her relationship advice contrasts with her real life relationships.

7. Faludi writes that many fundamentalist preachers fear feminism because it threatens their status. Identify and explain the reasons she gives for this fear.

8. Discuss the history of the term masochism and how it has been used to label women. Explain how the American Psychiatric Association considers adding this term to its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) in 1985.

9. Highlight Chapter 13's presentation of the prominent battle between NBC, ABC, and the women who choose to stand up to their policies?

10. 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.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the gender disparity in the women's clothing industry. Why are men the majority of the well-known designers? In addition, why are women less likely to be in this field?

Essay Topic 2

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

Essay Topic 3

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?

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