From Front Porch to Back Seat: Courtship in Twentieth-century America Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Beth L. Bailey
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to the author in Chapter 2, "The Economy of Dating,” often competitive success in the dating system was demonstrated where?

2. In the book’s Introduction, Beth Bailey argues that the results of the sexual revolution have not been uniformly what?

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

4. According to the author in the Introduction, the new system of courtship prized competition among potential mates and promoted what?

5. An incredibly high rate of what appeared after World War II, according to the author in Chapter 2, "The Economy of Dating”?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does the author describe the objectification of the sexes in contemporary society in Chapter 3, "The Worth of a Date"?

3. How does the author describe the system of dating as a public one in the Introduction?

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

5. The transition to dating as a courtship ritual emerged to accommodate what, according to the author in Chapter 2, "The Economy of Dating"?

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

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

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

9. How does the author describe the process of a young woman’s coming of age in accepting callers in Chapter 1, "Calling Cards and Money"?

10. When did the term “dating” first enter the American vocabulary? From whom did this term originate?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the tradition of dancing as a courtship ritual in the United States. When and where were dances held? What was considered appropriate etiquette on the dance floor? How did this etiquette evolve after World War II? Why did it change?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the objectification of men and women in the 1950s. What were presented as “ideals” in the sexes during this time period? How did these ideals differ from perceptions prior to World War II? What role did American consumption play in this change?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the role of money in the early system of dating. Who controlled the money in the arrangement? How did this reflect power in the system? What were the standards of etiquette regarding money in the dating system?

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