From Front Porch to Back Seat: Courtship in Twentieth-century America Quiz | One Week Quiz A

Beth L. Bailey
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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Chapter 5, “The Etiquette of Masculinity and Femininity”.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is the psychological attempt by an individual to repel one's own desires and impulses towards pleasurable instincts?
(a) Repression.
(b) Aggression.
(c) Consumption.
(d) Persuasion.

2. What control was reduced with the advent of the dating system, according to the author in Chapter 1, "Calling Cards and Money"?
(a) Religious control.
(b) Parental control.
(c) Moral control.
(d) Self control.

3. According to the author in Chapter 3, "The Worth of a Date,” youth came to define themselves in terms of their what?
(a) Intelligence.
(b) Consumption.
(c) Physical strength.
(d) Musical taste.

4. Beth Bailey is relentless in her emphasis on how what affected the development of courtship throughout the twentieth century?
(a) American media.
(b) Religious scripture.
(c) Family values.
(d) School activities.

5. What term refers to a person's sex drive or desire for sexual activity?
(a) Hormones.
(b) Abstinence.
(c) Intercourse.
(d) Libido.

Short Answer Questions

1. What became a method of entering society and of taking a couple's place in the social and economic life of the United States according to the author in Chapter 3, "The Worth of a Date”?

2. By what year did the word “date” enter the vocabulary of the middle class, according to the author in Chapter 1, "Calling Cards and Money"?

3. After a young woman came of age, who would initially invite young men to call, according to the author in Chapter 1, "Calling Cards and Money"?

4. Who within the dating system was initially the girl who was in the most demand for dates?

5. Who acquired the most power within the dating system, according to the author in Chapter 1, "Calling Cards and Money"?

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