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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 does Wallace attribute his tennis success to?
2. In the Midwest, how are people supposed to respond to a tornado during a tennis match?
3. According to Wallace, why do Midwesterners take their vacations to be around people?
4. What is the key difference between Wallace and Antitoi?
5. After discussing sexual harassment with Native Companion, what does Wallace realize about East Coast women?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why does Wallace believe cloggers have more fun than people at a rock concert?
2. According to Wallace, do writers enjoy watching television? Do writers enjoy being watched? Why do writers watch television?
3. Was Wallace a "boring" tennis player? How so?
4. What connection does Wallace see between tennis, geography, and the wind?
5. Why does Wallace feel the Desert Competition is appropriate for Illinois?
6. According to Wallace, what is a "Kmart Person"?
7. What does Wallace observe as ironic in television? Does he see this as detrimental? How?
8. As a child, what did Wallace believe the purpose of carnivals was?
9. How does sexual harassment make a clear distinction between Eastern and Midwestern women for Wallace?
10. How does Wallace feel about the setting for "Lost Highway"? Why does he feel this way?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Wallace often finds himself alienated from his surroundings and from popular belief, whether it is on the subject of television or participating in activities on a cruise ship. He also often addresses others who are alienated. Discuss Wallace's alienated condition and the effect on his experiences as looking in from the outside.
Essay Topic 2
Through the collection "A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again," Wallace's style is thoroughly explored. Discuss Wallace's style and its reflection through this collection. Who is Wallace as a writer?
Essay Topic 3
Wallace often addresses his Midwestern roots in his essays, implying that the Midwest has shaped him in some way. Discuss how the Midwest has shaped Wallace and the way it is reflected in his writing.
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