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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. After World War II, what became a common practice according to the author in Chapter 2, "The Economy of Dating”?
2. What did following the proper rules of the calling system indicate, according to the author in Chapter 1, "Calling Cards and Money"?
3. What term referred to a long-term partner in the dating system?
4. According to the author in Chapter 2, "The Economy of Dating,” the process of going steady factored out what?
5. What word from Chapter 3, "The Worth of a Date” means to make larger?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does the author describe the system of dating as a public one in the Introduction?
2. How did the emergence of dating change the values of consumption, according to the author in the Introduction?
3. When did the term “dating” first enter the American vocabulary? From whom did this term originate?
4. How does the author describe the costs of courtship in the early days of the dating system? What “special dates” could incur even greater costs?
5. What arguments did experts make regarding the public nature of dating, according to the author in the Introduction?
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. How was marketing involved in the evolution of women’s idealized beauty in the 1950s and 1960s?
8. How did marriage change in the 1950s and 1960s? How was marriage related to consumption?
9. What time period does From Front Porch to Back Seat focus on? What is the central focus of the book?
10. How did those in the upper classes view the dating culture of the lower classes, according to the author in Chapter 1, "Calling Cards and Money"?
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 generational battles which emerged after World War II in America. What caused this divide between generations? How did the conflicts between the young and old affect the culture of dating? How did these conflicts affect the institution of marriage?
Essay Topic 3
Discuss the marriage rates, demographics, and perceptions during the post-World War II era in the United States. How did parents and authority figures feel about marrying young? Why was marriage seen as a celebration of youth at this time? How long did this viewpoint last in mainstream society?
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