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

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

3. Why does Faludi believe Warren Farrell's loses his enthusiasm for the feminist movement?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. 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.

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

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

5. 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.

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

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

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

9. 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?

10. Highlight the 1980s battle against abortion and women's rights to control their reproductive rights.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The fight for the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) was a long and bitter one according to Faludi's account of the issue. In your own words, summarize the stages of the fight. Discuss the implications this amendment would have had on the nation and its workforce.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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?

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