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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 occur in the case of Angela Carder ("A.C"), age twenty-eight, a bone cancer victim who conceives in 1984 while in remission?

2. By ignoring women's issues in his acceptance speech, which presidential candidate sees his twenty-four percent gender gap decease to only eight percent by Election Day?

3. According to Faludi, surveys show which of the following types of women ranking highest in mental health?

4. Women become a majority of the electorate in 1984. In 1986 how do they influence national politics?

5. ***Poet Robert Bly speaks to mostly all-male audiences about healthier views of masculinity in the time of all of the following EXCEPT:

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

5. 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.

6. 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.

7. 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?

8. Summarize the Sears, Roebuck, and Co. battle with the EEOC?

9. 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.

10. Michael Levin and his wife Margarita Levin are highlighted as examples of a couple who espouse anti-feminist views while benefiting from feminist thoughts and perspectives. In what ways does Faludi believe this is seen in their lives?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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

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