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Beth L. Bailey
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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. According to the author in the Introduction, studying the practices of the majority can have a positive impact on our understanding of what?
(a) Gender identity.
(b) Social mores as a whole.
(c) The minority.
(d) The religious whole.

2. From Front Porch to Back Seat concerns America’s system of courtship principally between what years?
(a) 1920-1965.
(b) 1960-2000.
(c) 1860-1915.
(d) 1945-1980.

3. 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) Loving and humble.
(b) Spoiled and selfish.
(c) Rude and disconnected.
(d) Wholesome and polite.

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

5. According to the author in Chapter 3, "The Worth of a Date,” American dating emerged as what became central to courtship?
(a) Money.
(b) Manners.
(c) Social connections.
(d) Looks.

Short Answer Questions

1. What became the basis of the dating system, according to the author in Chapter 1, "Calling Cards and Money"?

2. What “special dates” incurred great cost, according to the author in Chapter 3, "The Worth of a Date”?

3. The protocol for going steady was strict and often involved what, according to the author in Chapter 2, "The Economy of Dating”?

4. According to the author in the Introduction, courtship is the process of what?

5. What became more fragile as the fifties and sixties progressed, according to the author?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why was sexual intimacy criticized as a means of human connection, according to the author in the Introduction?

2. How did American men view their coeds on college campuses after returning from World War II?

3. How does the author describe the objectification of the sexes in contemporary society in Chapter 3, "The Worth of a Date"?

4. What values were involved in the early system of dating? What was scorned within this early system?

5. What demographic emerged in the late nineteenth century? What impact did this group have on the systems of courtship?

6. How did the evolution of focus on female appearance impact consumption in America, according to the author in Chapter 3, "The Worth of a Date"?

7. How does the author describe the costs of courtship in the early days of the dating system? What “special dates” could incur even greater costs?

8. Who had the most power and control within the calling system of courtship? How is this role described?

9. When did the term “dating” first enter the American vocabulary? From whom did this term originate?

10. To what demographic does Beth Bailey align the system of dating in the Introduction?

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