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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 might be a typical correspondence course offered through the catalog?
2. Who does the narrator mention as a negative part of Van Culture?
3. What is the narrator's brother's name?
4. Of what do the kids at the back of the class live in fear?
5. Ironically, the happy, family, outdoorsy vehicle known as the camper is now used by the Mafia as ____________________________.
Short Essay Questions
1. What prompts the narrator to think about advertising and a future archaeological dig where New York City is excavated?
2. How does the narrator speculate that the archaeologists might think the commercials are somehow religious media?
3. Describe the narrator's surprise inspiration in Algebra class and how he avoided looking like the failure he was sure he was.
4. With what does the narrator credit the Johnson Smith catalog for being and how will it stand up as an American culture artifact?
5. What are the differences in driving styles between the Camper Crowd and van people?
6. What scenario does the narrator imagine in which archaeologists discover television advertising and what are their perceptions of it?
7. What are the typical bumper sticker messages found on campers as opposed to the stickers found on vans?
8. What defense mechanisms did the kids in the back of the room develop in order to deflect the teachers' questions?
9. How was the great Ice Cream War another example of brains vs. brawn in the narrator's life?
10. Why do people find items such as those found in the Johnson Smith catalog to be humorous?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Humor takes on an almost human persona in this story. What is this literary technique called? Cite examples that support this position.
Essay Topic 2
Explain how the narrator is always positioned as an "everyman" in each of the stories. Define what is meant by "everyman" and cite two examples in which the narrator assumes this role. Was he comfortable knowing he was neither brain nor brawn, but a curious observer? Explain.
Essay Topic 3
The narrator introduces the reader to several types of people in the book. Do you think he liked any one of them more than the others? Who would you choose to be your new friend among the people the narrator introduced in the book? Explain.
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