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

2. According to Wallace, why do Midwesterners take their vacations to be around people?
(a) Because they are claustrophobic.
(b) Because they're isolated otherwise.
(c) Because they need to be complimented.
(d) Because they need to belong.

3. How does Wallace believe "Lost Highway" can be interpreted?
(a) As a piece of religious propaganda.
(b) As an epilogue.
(c) As a social commentary.
(d) In many ways.

4. In the scenario Wallace describes in "E Unibus Pluram," what is the professor's belief?
(a) People should rebel against pop-culture.
(b) No references to pop-culture should be made in writing.
(c) Everyone needs to understand pop-culture.
(d) All writing must make reference to pop-culture.

5. By the end of the state fair, what has Wallace realized about the purpose of fairs?
(a) They are for all the people of the community.
(b) They are pointless.
(c) They are a good way to make money.
(d) They are for advertisement.

Short Answer Questions

1. After seeing the distressed pigs at the livestock barns, why does Wallace feel hypocritical?

2. Wallace isn't sure what _____ everyone at the car race is waiting for.

3. Who does Wallace believe is the ultimate outsider?

4. Why did Wallace have a more difficult time playing tennis in New England?

5. Why was Wallace fascinated by tornados?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does sexual harassment make a clear distinction between Eastern and Midwestern women for Wallace?

2. Does Wallace agree with Hix's argument about "authors"? Why or why not?

3. Does Wallace see the events at the Desert Competition as being safe? Why or why not?

4. How does Wallace suggest a writer rebel against the "new ironic orthodoxy"?

5. According to Wallace, what does television reference?

6. According to Wallace, why does television seem real?

7. As an adult, what does Wallace see as the purpose of carnivals?

8. Does the plot of "Lost Highway" make sense? Is it supposed to make sense?

9. Was Wallace a "boring" tennis player? How so?

10. After listening to Governor Jim Edgar's speech, how does Wallace feel about Illinois? Why?

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