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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Wallace claims that television teaches viewers that _______ is the most important quality in a person.
(a) Being watched.
(b) Intelligence.
(c) Beauty.
(d) Talent.

2. When did Lynch first become critically reviled?
(a) When he started working in TV.
(b) After the second season of "Twin Peaks."
(c) When he got divorced.
(d) After "Blue Velvet."

3. What is Wallace's explanation for why Midwesterners are alienated?
(a) Because they enjoy different movies.
(b) Because they have different ethical values.
(c) Because they speak differently.
(d) Because their home is like a factory.

4. Why does Wallace believe references to pop-culture are necessary?
(a) It makes the piece more fun.
(b) It defines the style.
(c) It makes the work more realistic.
(d) He was paid to say this.

5. At the beginning of "E Unibus Pluram," what does Wallace describe fiction writers as NOT enjoying?
(a) Watching television.
(b) Reading.
(c) Talking to people.
(d) Being watched.

6. When does Wallace realize he is no longer a Midwesterner?
(a) When he notices he dresses differently.
(b) When he realizes he can't enjoy the carnival.
(c) When he can't understand the accent.
(d) When he gets lost on a farm.

7. What does Wallace attribute his tennis success to?
(a) Sun.
(b) God.
(c) Wind.
(d) Emotions.

8. What do the stall in the Expo Building sell?
(a) State propaganda.
(b) Camping equipment.
(c) Handmade crafts.
(d) Television infomercial products.

9. What charity do Brenda Edgar and Ronald McDonald discuss with the press?
(a) A charity for abused children.
(b) A charity for developing countries.
(c) A charity for homeless families.
(d) A charity run by the church.

10. In the Midwest, how are people supposed to respond to a tornado during a tennis match?
(a) Gather together.
(b) Get under the benches.
(c) Go to a nearby ditch.
(d) Go home.

11. What does Wallace believe about the dialogue in six hours worth of television?
(a) There are hidden jems.
(b) There is too much to be digested.
(c) People can learn a lot from it.
(d) Little of substance is being said.

12. At the livestock barns of the fair, Wallace observes that horses are _______.
(a) Dirty.
(b) Stupid.
(c) Lazy.
(d) Noble.

13. Hix comments that he feels the post-structuralists' argument makes the concept of an author _______.
(a) Incorrect.
(b) Inflated.
(c) Empty.
(d) Perfect.

14. What movie does Wallace specifically cite that is directly influenced by "Blue Velvet"?
(a) "Six Degrees of Separation."
(b) "Titanic."
(c) "Reservoir Dogs."
(d) "Avatar."

15. Wallace isn't sure what _____ everyone at the car race is waiting for.
(a) News.
(b) Event.
(c) Food.
(d) Victory.

Short Answer Questions

1. After discussing sexual harassment with Native Companion, what does Wallace realize about East Coast women?

2. Who are the majority of the audience of the clogging competition?

3. At the beginning of "E Unibus Pluram," what does Wallace describe fiction writers as enjoying?

4. Why was Wallace fascinated by tornados?

5. What does Wallace most like about the Expo Building at the state fair?

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