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. Grant concludes that women's liberation is a set of "big lies" that lead to all of the following EXCEPT:

2. The New Right select which of the following adjectives to describe feminism?

3. Which of the following companies chooses to fight the EEOC's case brought against it?

4. According to Faludi what is the greatest fear of suffrage opponents in the 1910s?

5. Which of the following occur following Reagan's second term in office?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why is it an important fight for the women to challenge the use of the word masochism in Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM))?

3. As one of the czars under President Regan, Gary Bauer represents male politicians who attack feminism. These men attempt to serve the backlash vocally while being unable to do so in reality with their own families. Describe the contradiction for Bauer.

4. Summarize the case of Angela Carder.

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

6. 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.

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

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

9. 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.

10. When Faludi writes that New Right women are less "trapped in the backlash eddies," what does she mean?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Throughout the book, Backlash: The Undeclared War Against American Women, Faludi highlights research studies and books that use flawed data collection, methods of analysis, or interpretations. Three of such studies were the Harvard-Yale marriage study, the work of Dr. Srully Blotnick, and Lenore Weitzman's 1985 book, The Divorce Revolution. Describe the role each of these works played in subverting the fight for women's rights. Highlight two or three examples from each of the three publications.

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