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. The co-directors of which of the following organizations declare themselves "the psychological arm of the women's movement"?

2. Which book shows Reagan's influence in criticizing the welfare state and pushing volunteerism and individual responsibility?

3. What percentage of younger women feel more akin to NOW than to either political party?

4. According to Faludi, abortion is legal in every state:

5. The Price's use all of the following accommodations to a feminist lifestyle except which of the following?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. 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.

4. The press touts a shrinking pay gap and decreasing discrimination for women in white-collar positions. According to Faludi, however, this is not the case. Explain the evidence Faludi presents to refute the presses claims.

5. 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.

6. Summarize the case of Angela Carder.

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

8. 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?

9. 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.

10. 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.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain the trend of "fetal protection" and why it is practiced by such a wide cross section of companies, doctors, lawyers, and court systems. Does it have implications for men and non-child-bearing women? If so, how? What are the implications of this trend on society as a whole?

Essay Topic 2

The feminist movement in America is commonly cited as being strongest in the 1960s and 1970s. Do you agree with this assertion? Why or Why not? How do you believe the movement has affected our society? How are we different and similar to other cultures that have not had similar movements? What do you see as the biggest benefit provided to our society due to the feminist movement? What is the biggest harm inflicted on our society due to this movement?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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