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. Christine Craft is demoted for which of the following reasons?

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

3. The federal "reductions in force" hit women over which level twice as badly as men?

4. Sylvia Ann Hewlett worked at which university?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. 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.

5. 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.

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

8. 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.

9. Summarize the case of Angela Carder.

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

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?

Essay Topic 2

In the Epilogue, Faludi makes the statement that men see more clearly than women how women united could change government and society and that the backlash propaganda is a purposeful overreaction precisely because men "got it." What does she mean by this statement? Use three - five issues from the book to show how men "got it" much more than women and how the men mobilized to create a backlash around these issues.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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