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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. The term "lemon" when used to refer to a bad car began with a man who lost a race in ____________ in 1903.
(a) Orlando, Florida.
(b) Chicago, Illinois.
(c) Kalamazoo, Michigan.
(d) Knoxville, Tennessee.

2. The narrator recalls sitting in a class taught by _______________.
(a) Miss Peterson.
(b) Mr. Pittinger.
(c) Mr. Pearson.
(d) Mrs. Piedmont.

3. Ironically, the happy, family, outdoorsy vehicle known as the camper is now used by the Mafia as ____________________________.
(a) A whorehouse.
(b) A drug den.
(c) A gun shop.
(d) A liquor store.

4. What was the narrator's first class in high school?
(a) Latin.
(b) Physics.
(c) Algebra.
(d) Biology.

5. What does the narrator speculate that the archaeologists will find in the city?
(a) TV commercials.
(b) Laptops.
(c) iPods.
(d) Minivans.

Short Answer Questions

1. What did Howard publish on behalf of his client, the National Lemon Growers Association?

2. Boys would order books recounting stories of ______________ from the Johnson Smith catalog.

3. What was the narrator's mother cooking for dinner?

4. The exuberant colors, dancing, and music of the commercials have an element of ______________ about them.

5. What was the name of the corporate-owned ice cream parlor that moved into town?

Short Essay Questions

1. Who is Howard and why is he so depressed about the word "lemon"?

2. Describe how Mr. Leggett managed to drive The Happy Cow out of business.

3. What are the typical bumper sticker messages found on campers as opposed to the stickers found on vans?

4. What scenario does the narrator imagine in which archaeologists discover television advertising and what are their perceptions of it?

5. What ironies does the narrator point out in the actuality of camper and van usage as opposed to the typical perceptions of the vehicles?

6. How was the great Ice Cream War another example of brains vs. brawn in the narrator's life?

7. Why does the narrator attribute his academic doom to classroom seating?

8. What defense mechanisms did the kids in the back of the room develop in order to deflect the teachers' questions?

9. Why do people find items such as those found in the Johnson Smith catalog to be humorous?

10. Describe the narrator's surprise inspiration in Algebra class and how he avoided looking like the failure he was sure he was.

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