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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. What does Beth Bailey look to rather than conventions?
(a) Philosophy.
(b) Dreams.
(c) Experience.
(d) Soap operas.

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

3. According to the author in Chapter 1, "Calling Cards and Money,” dating became a system of what?
(a) Sexism.
(b) Economic exchange.
(c) Cultural growth.
(d) Selfishness.

4. According to the author in Chapter 2, "The Economy of Dating,” after World War II, what became considered a rude behavior?
(a) Asking for a second date.
(b) Kissing in public.
(c) Driving too fast.
(d) Cutting in on the dance floor.

5. According to the author in the Introduction, the new systems of courtship were tied to an understanding of what?
(a) Science.
(b) Economics.
(c) Politics.
(d) Youth culture.

Short Answer Questions

1. The author states that love and what are intertwined in the Introduction?

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

3. According to the author in Chapter 2, "The Economy of Dating,” dating satisfied a need in a world where few what got married?

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

5. Beth Bailey notes that what word is rarely discussed in the book in her Introduction?

Short Essay Questions

1. At what settings did the system of dating originate? How did this system spread?

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 the emergence of dating change the values of consumption, according to the author in the Introduction?

4. What physical asset became idealized during the 1950s and 1960s, according to the author in Chapter 3, "The Worth of a Date"?

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

8. 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"?

9. What time period does From Front Porch to Back Seat focus on? What is the central focus of the book?

10. What defined popularity in the world of courtship after World War II?

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