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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. The sexual revolution began in what decade?
(a) The 1970s.
(b) The 1930s.
(c) The 1960s.
(d) The 1940s.

2. Beth Bailey asserts that courtship has been replaced by what in the book’s Epilogue?
(a) Arranged marriages.
(b) Financial greed.
(c) Sex.
(d) Homosexuality.

3. When did college campuses begin to offer marriage courses?
(a) The 1940s.
(b) The 1920s
(c) The 1970s.
(d) The 1950s.

4. One idea underlying the system of control in dating was the refusal of the older generation to allow the young to overcome what, according to the author in Chapter 4, "Sex Control”?
(a) Gender opposition.
(b) Religious values.
(c) Traditional values.
(d) Economic values.

5. According to the author in the Epilogue, sexual intercourse replaced what as the youth convention during the sexual revolution?
(a) Displaying.
(b) Petting.
(c) Wooing.
(d) Courting.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to the author in Chapter 5, "The Etiquette of Masculinity and Femininity,” many came to believe for biological reasons that being what was natural to humanity?

2. What is the fourth of the six themes of courtship described by the author in Chapter 6, "Scientific Truth ... and Love"?

3. What category does the author assert did not exist in the nineteenth century?

4. Who were blamed for the breakdown in gender identity, according to the author in Chapter 5, "The Etiquette of Masculinity and Femininity”?

5. According to the author in Chapter 6, "Scientific Truth ... and Love" love and marriage were to be regulated by whom?

Short Essay Questions

1. What reasons does the author assert that men and women submitted to the system of gender etiquette in Chapter 5, "The Etiquette of Masculinity and Femininity"?

2. How did the new freedoms brought about by the sexual revolution change the rules of dating?

3. What societal movement was Ernest Burgess associated with? What were the goals of this movement?

4. How was the crisis of femininity treated in mid-twentieth century America?

5. What paradox of gender etiquette does the author describe in Chapter 5, "The Etiquette of Masculinity and Femininity"?

6. How did American youth come to define themselves after World War II? What tensions did this cause?

7. What did the new sexual innovations represent symbolically to American youth in the period between World War I and the sexual revolution?

8. What were the strengths and weaknesses of marriage experts in the twentieth century?

9. When did marriage education courses begin at the University of North Carolina? Who initiated this program?

10. What does the author note about the past twenty-five years in her Epilogue?

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