From Front Porch to Back Seat: Courtship in Twentieth-century America Test | Final Test - Medium

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. Bailey proposes that metaphors of revolution replaced metaphors of what in the Epilogue?
(a) Economy.
(b) Family.
(c) Education.
(d) Politics.

2. What were once safe and embedded in kinship relations, church, and community according to the author in Chapter 6, "Scientific Truth ... and Love"?
(a) Governments.
(b) Families.
(c) Friends.
(d) Neighbors.

3. What grew and produced tension between generations in Chapter 4, "Sex Control"?
(a) Marriage laws.
(b) Technological advances.
(c) Religious attitudes.
(d) New sexual conventions.

4. The crisis of femininity was what to the crisis of masculinity, according to the author in Chapter 5, "The Etiquette of Masculinity and Femininity"?
(a) Elevated.
(b) Superseded.
(c) Subordinated.
(d) Superimposed.

5. 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) Religious values.
(b) Gender opposition.
(c) Economic values.
(d) Traditional values.

Short Answer Questions

1. What refers to the unlawful compelling of a person through physical force or duress to have sexual intercourse?

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

3. A sociologist argued that the changes in American attitudes towards marriage after World War I were the consequence of what in Chapter 6, "Scientific Truth ... and Love"?

4. According to the author in Chapter 5, "The Etiquette of Masculinity and Femininity,” in the new media literature, femininity became associated with what?

5. The sexual revolution lasted into what decade?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How were gender roles defined in the 1950s? How long was this view dominant in American society?

3. How did the sexual revolution change the currency of courtship?

4. According to the author in the Epilogue, the sexual revolution was primarily a revolution in meaning. What does she mean by this?

5. Who was blamed for the breakdown in gender identity? Why?

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

7. How did the category of “American youth” change from the nineteenth to the twentieth century?

8. What role did the media play in reinforcing masculinity and femininity according to the author in Chapter 5, "The Etiquette of Masculinity and Femininity"?

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

10. What did Ernest Burgess advocate doing in order to address the issue of courtship in America?

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