From Front Porch to Back Seat: Courtship in Twentieth-century America Test | Mid-Book Test - Easy

Beth L. Bailey
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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Beth Bailey asserts that contemporary men are objectified as what in Chapter 3, "The Worth of a Date"?
(a) Work horses.
(b) Human wallets.
(c) Taxi drivers.
(d) Repairmen.

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"?
(a) 1928.
(b) 1910.
(c) 1952.
(d) 1937.

3. What became more fragile as the fifties and sixties progressed, according to the author?
(a) Gender identities.
(b) International relations.
(c) Law and order.
(d) The middle class.

4. According to the author in Chapter 2, "The Economy of Dating,” dating satisfied a need in a world where few women had what?
(a) Money.
(b) Free time.
(c) Parlors.
(d) Cars.

5. The author states that love and what are intertwined in the Introduction?
(a) Justice.
(b) Friendship.
(c) Desire.
(d) Marriage.

6. Ideals of beauty were often set by whom, according to the author in Chapter 3, "The Worth of a Date”?
(a) Political office holders.
(b) Sports heroes.
(c) Returning veterans.
(d) Movie stars.

7. The generational battle surrounding going steady boiled down to what, according to the author in Chapter 2, "The Economy of Dating”?
(a) Religion.
(b) Money.
(c) Politics.
(d) Sex.

8. According to the author in the Introduction, courtship was transformed as youth were freed from what?
(a) Expectations and supervision.
(b) Rules and discipline.
(c) Adult responsibilities and decisions.
(d) Curfews and chores.

9. According to the author in Chapter 1, "Calling Cards and Money,” dating was a response of lower classes to the pressures of what?
(a) Teenage pregnancy.
(b) Religious standards.
(c) Rural boredom.
(d) Urban-industrial America.

10. The first daters complained about what, according to the author in Chapter 3, "The Worth of a Date”?
(a) The cost of courtship.
(b) Dating the wrong people.
(c) Parental supervision.
(d) The investment of time.

11. In the calling system, who took the initiative according to the author in Chapter 1, "Calling Cards and Money"?
(a) Women.
(b) Parents.
(c) Friends.
(d) Men.

12. Who does the author say gentlemen callers left their cards with in Chapter 1, "Calling Cards and Money"?
(a) The brother.
(b) The maid.
(c) The mother.
(d) The father.

13. What refers to a token indicating future marriage?
(a) Dowry.
(b) Letterman jacket.
(c) Engagement ring.
(d) Medal of honor.

14. The new practice of going steady entirely destroyed what system according to the author in Chapter 2, "The Economy of Dating”?
(a) The call system.
(b) The marriage system.
(c) The courting system.
(d) The dating-rating system.

15. According to the author in Chapter 2, "The Economy of Dating,” after returning from World War II, American college men saw their coed women as what?
(a) Wholesome and polite.
(b) Rude and disconnected.
(c) Spoiled and selfish.
(d) Loving and humble.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to the author in Chapter 3, "The Worth of a Date,” women and men were keen on assessing each other’s what?

2. What does “STD” stand for?

3. What courtship events does the author describe in colleges in Chapter 3, "The Worth of a Date”?

4. According to the author in Chapter 2, "The Economy of Dating,” after World War II, what became considered a rude behavior?

5. The author describes a scenario in Chapter 1, "Calling Cards and Money" in which a man calls on a city girl and when he arrives she is wearing what?

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