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. The author describes a scenario in Chapter 1, "Calling Cards and Money" in which a man calls on a city girl and when he arrives she is wearing what?

2. By what year did the word “date” enter the vocabulary of the middle class, according to the author in Chapter 1, "Calling Cards and Money"?

3. Beth Bailey notes that contemporary women are sexually objectified based upon what in Chapter 3, "The Worth of a Date"?

4. Beth Bailey notes that what word is rarely discussed in the book in her Introduction?

5. What system of courtship involved suitors getting to know family members, associating with communities, and linking families together?

Short Essay Questions

1. How was the system of dating perceived in the 1950s? What was the basis of the dating system?

2. 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"?

3. How did the system of dating evolve after World War II? Why did it evolve?

4. How did dating change the power distribution of courtship according to the author in Chapter 1, "Calling Cards and Money"?

5. 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"?

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

7. What defined popularity in the world of courtship after World War II?

8. Who had the most power and control within the calling system of courtship? How is this role described?

9. How did the emergence of dating change the values of consumption, according to the author in the Introduction?

10. What physical asset became idealized during the 1950s and 1960s, according to the author in Chapter 3, "The Worth of a Date"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the impact of the Industrial Revolution on courtship in America and in Europe. Where did the Industrial Revolution spread after originating in England? What new demographic resulted from the Industrial Revolution? How did the emerging middle class impact the culture of wooing?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the origins, history, and evolution of the beauty industry in the United States. Prior to World War II, how was beauty marketed in the U.S.? How did ideals change for female beauty following the war? How was beauty depicted as a commodity to be purchased and sold?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the innovations of “petting” and “necking” in the early twentieth century. How were these terms defined by the youth culture? What did etiquette books say of these activities during the 1950s? When did perceptions of these actions change?

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