Monday, February 20, 2006

A Pop Quiz on Marriage

My husband pointed out this piece by Stephanie Coontz in the Op Ed section of the Sunday NY Times. It’s a series of 13 true-false questions with their answers below. You’ll have to read the original article for the annotated explanation of her answers.

(1) Women are more eager to marry than men.

(2) Men are threatened by women who are their intellectual and occupational equals, preferring to be with much younger, less accomplished women.

(3) There are more long-term marriages today than in the past.

(4) Americans have become much more tolerant of all sexual activity.

(5) The growth in the number of couples living together and even having children without formal marriage ceremonies or licenses reflects a sharp break with centuries-old tradition.

(6) Educated married women are increasingly "opting out" of work to stay home with their children.

(7) Men and women who hold nontraditional views about gender roles are less likely to marry and more likely to divorce than those with traditional values.

(8) Divorce rates in the 1950's were lower than at any other time in the 20th century.

(9) Throughout history, philosophers and theologians have always believed that strong marital commitments form the foundation of a virtuous society.

(10) American women have more positive attitudes toward marriage than Japanese women do.

(11) Divorce has always been a disaster for women and children.

(12) The preferred form of marriage through the ages has always been between one man and one woman.

(13) Born-again Christians are just as likely to divorce as more secular Americans.

1-F, 2-F, 3-T, 4-F, 5-F, 6-F, 7-Trick question, 8-F, 9-F, 10-T, 11-F, 12-F, 13-T

If you take issue with any of these answers, I will reply with the complete text of the NY Times answer.

Did you pass?

3 Comments:

Blogger Kate said...

If pass is 80%, yes.

:-)

1:03 PM  
Blogger Barbara said...

Sure, we'll declare 80+ a passing score. Way to go, Kate!

2:26 PM  
Blogger Kristin said...

Fascinating.

No score for me, though. (I cheated. I looked at the answers while reading the questions.)

4:30 PM  

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