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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. Ernest Burgess and his adherents were part of a large twentieth-century movement to centralize power in response to the unorganized forces of what?
(a) Science.
(b) Tradition.
(c) Modernization.
(d) War.

2. What word from Chapter 4, "Sex Control" means to become aware of, know, or identify by means of the senses?
(a) Abolish.
(b) Ridicule.
(c) Perceive.
(d) Trance.

3. According to the author in Chapter 5, "The Etiquette of Masculinity and Femininity,” gender identities had to be acquired and demonstrated and etiquette became what that governed courtship rituals?
(a) A church-regulated code.
(b) A politically regulated code.
(c) A complex code.
(d) A simple code.

4. What became acceptable during the period of the sexual revolution?
(a) Heterosexuality.
(b) Drug use.
(c) Marriage.
(d) Living together.

5. What word from Chapter 4, "Sex Control” means refraining from sexual intercourse that is regarded as contrary to morality or religion?
(a) Contagious.
(b) Corporate.
(c) Chaste.
(d) Conducive.

Short Answer Questions

1. Bailey proposes that metaphors of economy replaced metaphors of what in the Epilogue?

2. According to the author in Chapter 4, "Sex Control,” twentieth century discourse was based on youth and what?

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

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”?

5. When were birth control pills first approved for contraceptive use in the United States?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What metaphors have replaced the metaphors of economy, according to the author in the Epilogue?

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

4. How did the rise of a national youth culture change the power structure in America, according to the author in Chapter 4, "Sex Control"?

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

6. What six themes of courtship does the author describe in Chapter 6, "Scientific Truth ... and Love"?

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

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

9. How did physical displays of affection evolve in the early part of the twentieth century?

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

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