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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. Smart Women/Foolish Choices and Women Men Love/Women Men Leave are written by which of the following two authors?

2. Women's progress in the military falls after the Carter administration had ushered in a _______________ growth rate.

3. Faludi suggests that Western European "social feminists" have a better record with childcare and maternity leave because of which of the following?

4. "It's All in Your Mind" looks at ¬¬_______________ in the 1980s backlash.

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

Short Essay Questions

1. 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.

2. The feminist movement gained support and momentum in 1984 when Representative Geraldine Ferraro was nominated for vice-president on the Democratic ticket. Four years later, however, female candidates running for office are at record lows and they do not win most of the races for which they run. What is the explanation for this vast shift over a four-year period?

3. 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.

4. In their advice manuals, Smart Women/Foolish Choices and Women Men Love/Women Men Leave, Melvin Kinder and Connell Cowan provide advice that is harmful to women. Give some examples of this advice and why it is harmful to women?

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

6. 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?

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

8. Summarize the case of Angela Carder.

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Analyze chapter11, "The Backlash Brain Trust: From Neocons to Neofems" in which Faludi claims that authors both frighten and confuse people about feminism in the 1980s. In your analysis highlight the work of four of these authors.

Essay Topic 2

According to Faludi, daycare centers became a point of attack for backlash advocates. Discuss why this was an important issue in the fight against the feminist movement. How is this issue handled in today's society? Put yourself in the shoes of a working mother; how do you feel about choosing to place your child(ren) in a daycare setting and why do you feel this way?

Essay Topic 3

In Part 2 of the book, "The Backlash in Popular Culture," Faludi provides an account of how the backlash uses trends within Ivy League graduates. Summarize this account in one to two paragraphs? Discuss the implications of using trends from female graduates from Ivy League universities versus other types of institutions.

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