From Front Porch to Back Seat: Courtship in Twentieth-century America Test | Final 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. What category does the author assert did not exist in the nineteenth century?

2. What word from Chapter 4, "Sex Control" means to become aware of, know, or identify by means of the senses?

3. The sexual revolution was about the rights of who to express love sexually, according to the author in the Epilogue?

4. According to the author in Chapter 4, "Sex Control,” many youths defined themselves as youth through what?

5. What term refers to the fear of emasculation in both the literal and metaphorical sense?

Short Essay Questions

1. What innovations does the author describe in the sexual behaviors of youth between World War I and the sexual revolution in Chapter 4, "Sex Control"?

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

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

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

5. What threatened gender identity in the twentieth century, according to the author in Chapter 5, "The Etiquette of Masculinity and Femininity"?

6. How does the author describe the sexual behavior of youth in the early twentieth century in Chapter 4, "Sex Control"?

7. What societal movement was Ernest Burgess associated with? What were the goals of this movement?

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

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

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

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 etiquette, traditions, and culture of the female American college student in the early twentieth century. How many women went to colleges at this time? When did coed universities emerge? How did women in college influence the systems of courtship?

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