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. What system of courtship involved suitors getting to know family members, associating with communities, and linking families together?
(a) The call system.
(b) The petting system.
(c) The dating system.
(d) The arranged marriage system.

2. What did following the proper rules of the calling system indicate, according to the author in Chapter 1, "Calling Cards and Money"?
(a) Good fortune.
(b) Good breeding.
(c) Intelligence.
(d) Good morals.

3. According to the author in Chapter 2, "The Economy of Dating,” the transition to dating appeared as an accommodation to what?
(a) Religion.
(b) Politics.
(c) Modernity.
(d) Music.

4. What courtship events does the author describe in colleges in Chapter 3, "The Worth of a Date”?
(a) Football games.
(b) Dances.
(c) Exams.
(d) Graduations.

5. The author states that by what decade did Americans begin to think dating was universal though it was only three decades old?
(a) The 1970s.
(b) The 1920s.
(c) The 1890s.
(d) The 1950s.

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

7. In what decade did the Great Depression begin?
(a) 1910s.
(b) 1930s.
(c) 1900s.
(d) 1950s.

8. The average marriage age did what after World War II?
(a) Dropped significantly.
(b) Increased slightly.
(c) Increased significantly.
(d) Stayed the same.

9. The desire for what buttressed the practice of “going steady,” according to the author in Chapter 2, "The Economy of Dating”?
(a) Security.
(b) Companionship.
(c) Freedom.
(d) Friendship.

10. The presence of what greatly accelerated the system of dating, according to the author in Chapter 1, "Calling Cards and Money"?
(a) Electricity.
(b) The telephone.
(c) The bicycle.
(d) The automobile.

11. What does “STD” stand for?
(a) Sociological transmission dysfunction.
(b) Sexually transmitted disease.
(c) Sexual tension and distraction.
(d) Systemic Thoratic disease.

12. According to the author in Chapter 2, "The Economy of Dating,” dating satisfied a need in a world where few what got married?
(a) Acquaintances.
(b) Neighbors.
(c) Friends.
(d) Relatives.

13. Who within the dating system was initially the girl who was in the most demand for dates?
(a) The smart girl.
(b) The popular girl.
(c) The rich girl.
(d) The redheaded girl.

14. What constantly portrayed the other sex as commodities, according to the author in Chapter 3, "The Worth of a Date”?
(a) The church.
(b) Schools.
(c) The media.
(d) The government.

15. What are shown in the book to be highly variable and responsive to changes in social attitudes and economic developments?
(a) Religious attitudes.
(b) Government regulations.
(c) Middle class incomes.
(d) Cultural norms.

Short Answer Questions

1. Going steady threatened parents who believed in what, according to the author in Chapter 2, "The Economy of Dating”?

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

3. According to the author in Chapter 2, "The Economy of Dating,” individuals could start “going steady” at what age following World War II?

4. Beth Bailey notes that contemporary women are sexually objectified based upon what in Chapter 3, "The Worth of a Date"?

5. The generational battle surrounding going steady boiled down to what, according to the author in Chapter 2, "The Economy of Dating”?

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