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Whoa, Mama! A Modern Motherhood Quiz
by Staff
Motherhood has long been lauded as one of the most virtuous and difficult responsibilities of the human experience, yet it remains fraught with debates over how it should be done and who does it best. Forget those hang-ups and get down to the nuts and bolts of modern mothering with this quiz.

As of 2012, what percentage of mothers under 30 years old are married?

  • 19 percent
  • 39 percent
  • 59 percent

Which of the following social constructs of motherhood came first?

  • republican motherhood
  • maternalism
  • scientific motherhood

In what year did the teen birth rate in peak in the United States?

  • 1971
  • 1991
  • 2011

What female poet once wrote, “We know more about the air we breathe, the seas we travel, than about the nature and meaning of motherhood?”

  • Elizabeth Browning
  • Adrienne Rich
  • Gertrude Stein

Which of the following groups of mothers tend to be happiest?

  • at-home mothers
  • part-time employed mothers
  • full-time employed mothers

Which of the following is not a symptom associated with "Mommy Brain?"

  • forgetfulness
  • distraction
  • sleeplessness

True or false: Less than 1 percent of American women electively give up their newborns for adoption each year.

  • true
  • false

In 2009, what was the average age that women became first-time mothers?

  • 22
  • 25
  • 27

Which of the following career fields is harshest on working mothers?

  • business
  • law
  • medicine

True or false: Married couples tend to be happier before they have kids and after kids leave the nest.

  • true
  • false

Which of the following senses sharpens with childbirth?

  • sight
  • smell
  • hearing

In 1960, during the golden era of "Leave It to Beaver" and "Father Knows Best," what percentage of mothers worked outside the home?

  • 12 percent
  • 27 percent
  • 38 percent

How much of a lifetime earnings cut does the average highly skilled mom sustain?

  • 11 percent
  • 21 percent
  • 41 percent

The average new mother loses how much weight immediately after delivering a baby?

  • 10 pounds
  • 15 pounds
  • 20 pounds

Doctors refer to mood swings and sleeplessness in the first few weeks following childbirth as what?

  • postpartum depression
  • baby blues
  • mommy madness

In the 1960s, full-time housewives spent how many hours per week doing domestic chores?

  • 25 hours
  • 40 hours
  • 55 hours

True or false: Breastfeeding lowers libidos.

  • true
  • false

Additional growth in a mother's prefrontal cortex enhances her maternal ability to do what?

  • manage stress
  • detect a crying infant
  • multitask

True or false: Men's desire for children generally drops after they become a first-time father.

  • true
  • false

What percentage of adult men experience "baby fever," or a strong urge to have a child of their own?

  • 38 percent
  • 58 percent
  • 78 percent