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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, courtship includes many conditions, intentions, and _____________.
(a) Actions.
(b) Luck.
(c) Fate.
(d) Wishes.

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

3. In what year was Beth Bailey a senior in college?
(a) 1965.
(b) 1954.
(c) 1972.
(d) 1978.

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) Cars.
(b) Money.
(c) Free time.
(d) Parlors.

5. What became more important as more forms of “upkeep” appeared in contemporary society, according to the author in Chapter 3, "The Worth of a Date”?
(a) Women’s appearance.
(b) Appearance of cars.
(c) Men’s appearance.
(d) Appearance of homes.

Short Answer Questions

1. When she appeared on television during her senior year in college, Beth Bailey stated that love was more than what?

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

3. What refers to a token indicating future marriage?

4. Where was Beth Bailey teaching when the book was written?

5. In what decade did the Great Depression begin?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How did the importance of female appearance evolve during the twentieth century, according to the author in Chapter 3, "The Worth of a Date"?

3. How did competition on the dance floor evolve after World War II?

4. How did the system of dating evolve after World War II? Why did it evolve?

5. What subject did Beth Bailey discuss on a talk show in the 1970s? On what show did she appear?

6. What role did money have in American dating when it emerged? How was a date defined at this time, according to the author in Chapter 3, "The Worth of a Date"?

7. How did the demographics of the sexes change during World War II? How did this affect courtship?

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

9. What system of courtship dominated the American lifestyle prior to the mid-1920s? How did dating change this system?

10. What arguments did experts make regarding the public nature of dating, according to the author in the Introduction?

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