Chapter One: Introduction (p. 1-13)
1. This book is about the heterosexual decisions and relationships of
unmarried Americans between the ages of 18 and 23, of which ___ have already
Chapter Two: The
Partnerships and Practices of Emerging Adults (p. 14-50)
2. About 16% of young adults from age 18 to 23 have not had vaginal
intercourse. Which of the following is the PRIMARY reason, more than the
other reasons, why young adults maintain their virginity into their 20s?
b. college graduate
c. not prone to getting drunk
d. not popular
3. Even though
virginity continues to receive bad press in public discourse, ____ of
Americans think they were too young to have lost their virginity when they
did. They thought they were too young to appreciate the emotional
significance of what they had done.
4. Which is NOT true?
a. Unattractive women are more inclined to be virgins.
b. Serial monogamy is the primary script among emerging adults today, where
each partner is allowed to have sex only with one another. A violation of
this behavior allows the other to terminate the relationship.
c. Men always report having more sexual partners than women report having.
d. Very few Americans identify themselves as promiscuous, even if they have
had many sexual partners.
5. Of the following, who is LEAST LIKELY to have had more
than five sexual partners in their lifetime?
a. White men who are popular, like risks, drink regularly, and attend
b. African American men, in college, with married parents.
c. Hispanic women who are in college or graduated, have married parents, are
Catholic, and attend Mass some.
d. White men who are evangelical, politically conservative, in
college or graduated, and churchgoing.
6. Which is NOT true?
a. Religious people do not primarily engage in oral sex.
b. By emerging adulthood, vaginal sex has become the preferred method of sex
c. Many religious young Americans are selectively permissive. They believe
the moral rule of no sex outside of marriage is right and good, but does not
apply to them at the present because of a desire to please their boyfriend
d. Women almost never ask for oral sex, and few women report enjoying it.
7. Which is NOT true about sexually transmitted infections
a. In 2008, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that
1 in every 4 teen girls in America have at least one sexually transmitted
b. Human papillomavirus (HPV) is entirely curable.
c. One in four American women and one in eight men have Herpes.
d. Condoms would be much more effective if people used them correctly.
Correct use is putting it on early, on the first try, before contact with
any seminal or vaginal fluid.
8. Which group uses contraceptives the most?
a. Those who did not go to college.
b. Those who enrolled in a two-year college.
c. Those who enrolled in a four-year college.
d. Those who graduated from college with a bachelor degree or higher.
Chapter Three: Inside Sexual Relationships (p. 51-100)
9. In their research, Baumeister and Vohs claim that the sexual activity of
women has exchange value, whereas men's sexual activity does not. What do
they mean by "exchange value"?
a. It means that most women experience very little emotional pleasure
during sexual activity.
b. It means that most men experience nothing more than physical pleasure
during sexual activity. They rarely feel respected or desired by their
partners during sex.
c. It means that for most women, sex is about acquiring valued "resources"
at least as much as it is about seeking physical pleasure, resources such as
love, attention, status, self-esteem, affection, commitment, and feelings of
d. It means that men and women often have to bargain with one another to
engage in sex, offering the other some reward for doing so.
10. Which is NOT true?
a. Sex begins in a relationship when the woman decides it does.
b. The price of sex among most unmarried young adults in America is very low
indeed. 36% of young men and 22% of young women become sexual with each
other in the first 2 weeks. 70% of men and 61% of women become sexual with
each other within the first 6 months.
c. Twenty-two year old men who have fewer resources to offer a
potential wife (i.e. men who never enrolled in college, or dropped out, or
are not employed full time) have more lifetime sexual partners than
male college graduates. This shows that the economic resources that men
offer are of decreasing
value to women.
d. In American culture, the sexual choices of women are tolerated more than
the sexual choices of men.
11. One reason why emerging adults have numerous failed
relationships is because of sex, especially when it occurs early in a
relationship. Why is this?
a. Because sex is usually enjoyed more by the man rather than the woman.
b. Because early sex results in an awkward intimacy before either knows what
the other thinks about school, work, politics, religion, family, or future
c. Because both experience an underlying guilt about having sex too early.
d. Because once a couple has sex, the thrill of anticipation is gone and
boredom can set in.
12. 35% of people who wait more than six months to have
sex are still in those relationships after one year (page 82). From this
finding, we can conclude that
a. having sex outside marriage is good for a relationship.
b. having sex outside marriage is bad for a relationship
c. A large percentage of people who wait six months to have sex are no
longer in those relationships after one year (65%).
d. None of the above.
13. Which is NOT true?
a. More men than women ask for particular sex acts from their partners
that their partners would rather not fulfill.
b. In American culture, men's magazines like Maxim make unsubstantiated and
incorrect assumptions that women want to engage in unorthodox sexual
positions as much as men do.
c. Most women refuse unwanted sexual requests, even when pressured by their
d. An emerging adult who drinks alcohol almost every day or 3 to 5 times a
week is more likely have sex on the first day they meet someone than an
emerging adult who never drinks or drinks infrequently.
14. Prolonged exposure to erotica leads both teens and
a. overestimate the popularity and pleasure of less common forms of sexual
b. believe that sexual inactivity is actually bad for one's health.
c. hold cynical attitudes about love, affection, and marriage and
d. All of the above
15. In a study of 813 emerging adults from age 18 to 26,
undergraduate and graduate college students, ____ of men interact with porn
weekly, while ____ of women
do the same.
a. over 50%; 25%
b. over 50%; 15%
c. just under 50%; 9%
d. just under 50%; 3%
Chapter Four: The College Campus (p. 101-134)
16. From the 2000 College Women's Study (CWS) which surveyed 1,000 women
from over 200 four-year, co-ed college campuses, ____ said they agree or
strongly agree with this statement:
“Sexual intercourse without commitment is wrong.”
17. Of this same group of women, ____ agreed or strongly agreed with this
“I should not judge anyone's sexual conduct except my own.”
As a result, sexual choices have become almost entirely privatized, subject
to little oversight outside one's self.
18. Which is TRUE about women on campuses where there are
more women than men?
a. They express more negative appraisals of men on campus and hold more
negative views of relationships.
b. They go on fewer dates.
c. They have a lower likelihood of having a boyfriend.
d. All of the above.
19. On college campuses today, about 43% of students are
men. Where a greater number of women have to compete for a lesser number of
a. the women win because it makes it easier to identify a good man.
b. both men and women win because it promotes more long-term relationships.
c. the men win because the price of sex
20. Women's magazines, like
Glamour, primarily sell ___.
encourages __________. Millions of pages and billions of photographs of the
same sort of thing – Terrance with his arms around his pals; Brittany
flirting at a party; Danny chugging beer lying on a sun-washed boat with
friends – reinforce the idea that emerging-adult life is primarily about
fun, flirting, partying, and delaying aging, work, relationship challenges,
a. the creation of mythical people.
b. sexualized conversation and inuendo.
c. manipulating other people's perceptions of you.
d. All of the above.
Chapter Five: No Strings Attached? Sex and Emotional
Health (p. 135-168)
22. Which is TRUE about women who have had 11 or more lifetime sex partners
than women who have had 0-5 lifetime sex partners?
a. A greater percentage cry every day or almost every day.
b. A smaller percentage is satisfied with their lives.
c. A greater percentage is diagnosed with depression.
d. All of the above.
23. On average, women do not want TO HAVE SEX WITH a man.
They want to BE MADE LOVE TO. This is because
a. “to have sex with” implies a less personal experience.
b. “to have sex with” emphasizes sex techniques over feelings toward one
c. “being made love to” puts the focus on the partner.
d. “being made love to” implies a secure relationship and puts the focus on
the benefit of the act.
24. Which is NOT true?
a. Women's emotional health is better when they are sustaining a
relationship that when they are cycling in and out of relationship.
b. Women who are in a relationship have better emotional health than
women who were in a relationship.
c. Having sex early in a relationship increases the likelihood of developing
a romantic relationship with that person.
d. Masturbation is not a fitting replacement for intercourse. Prolactin, a
hormone that serves to diminish arousal and thus provide sexual satiety, is
released following intercourse at a rate five times greater than following
25. David Buss, an evolutionary psychologist at the
University of Texas, believes that men pursue casual sex encounters because
a. they can.
b. women want them to be the initiators of sex in order to reduce fear of
c. they believe this will lead to romance or a long-term relationship.
d. this helps them to more successfully select a marriage partner.
Chapter Six: Marriage in the Minds of Emerging Adults (p.
26. 93-96% of emerging adults say
they want to get married some day. Why is it, then, that most sexual
relationships among emerging adults neither begin with marital intentions
nor end in marriage? They just end. Why is that?
a. Because people get tired of
having conflict and move on to someone else they hope to have less conflict
b. Many emerging adults don't know how to get or stay married to the kind of
person they would like to find.
c. Married couples are taxed far more than singles, so they delay
marriage as long as possible.
d. Because of the increasing numbers of poor and failed marriages, many no
longer believe that marriage is the optimum environment for raising
27. Which is TRUE?
a. Of the religious, Evangelical Protestants and Mormons are
most likely to
marry before age 24, while
Catholics and Jews are most likely to marry later.
b. Young men and women who have one or both parents with a college degree
are less likely
to marry before the age of 24 than those whose parents have no college
c. For young men and women, if their parents married at a young age,
they will also marry at a young age.
d. All of the above.
28. People who report
the greatest martial satisfaction get married at what age?
a. Women who marry after age 27; men who marry after age 25.
b. Women who marry before age 27; men who marry before age 25.
c. Both men and women who marry after age 25.
d. Women who marry between ages 20-27; men who marry between ages 23-27.
29. Which of the following is NOT a stated reason why
emerging adults are waiting until their late 20s or early 30s to get
a. Until after I finish my schooling and have a steady job.
b. Until after I find out who I am.
c. I don't want to get married until after I finish my service in the
d. Because I don't want to have children right now.
e. Because I would like to travel.
f. Because my parents would prefer I wait until I am fiscally independent.
g. Until I find a partner that has the right sexual chemistry.
h. I don't have a lot of confidence in the institution of marriage because
there are so many bad marriages.
30. Which is NOT true
50% and 70% of couples today cohabit before marrying.
b. Most cohabitations lead to marriage.
c. People cohabit primarily to reduce uncertainty about a lifetime
prospect and to reduce their chance of being divorced.
d. When a cohabitation breaks up, the woman is usually the most damaged
Chapter Seven: Red Sex, Blue Sex -- Relationship Norms in a Divided America
31. Which is a real
difference between red sex (conservatives) and blue sex (liberals)?
like sex better than reds like sex.
b. Blue women who are college graduates cohabit far more (19%) than red
women who graduated from college (1%).
c. Red men use more birth control than blue men.
d. Reds marry in
greater numbers than blues, and hold marriage in higher esteem than blues.
32. Which is TRUE about the
sexual behavior of four-year college students or graduates who are both
politically conservative and Christian, compared to modestly religious
conservatives who are not pursuing college?
have fewer sex partners.
b. They have less sex.
c. They have a larger percentage of virginity.
d. All of the above.
Chapter Eight: The Power of Stories and Ten Myths about Sex in Emerging
Adulthood (p. 236-250)
33. Jane Brown, professor of journalism and an expert in mass media
influences, asserts that the media
a. reinforces a narrow set of sexual norms.
b. rarely exposes us to responsible sexual actors.
c. limits access to alternative sexual scripts.
d. All of the above.
34. Which of the following is NOT true?
a. One-half of all marriage never end in divorce.
b. Deciding to have sex in a new or struggling relationship will increase
its chance of failure.
c. In order for men's sexual behavior to become more constrained, the
average price of sex must be raised, from less to more commitment.
d. It doesn't matter what other people
so sexually, you make your own decisions.
35. Which of the following is NOT true?
a. Pornography, by satisfying some of the demand for intercourse,
reduces the value of real sex, and it compartmentalizes sex as a consumer
product to be regularly and briefly consumed.
b. People tend to overestimate how many sexual partners other people have.
c. Many emerging adults wait until they are financially stable, independent,
and finished with their education before they marry.
d. Most cohabitation leads to marriage.