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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. After "Dune," why did Lynch begin to work on smaller projects?

2. In Hix's argument, "Morte d'Author," American post-structuralists argue what about authors?

3. When did Lynch first become critically reviled?

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

5. Wallace learns that people enter the Junior Livestock Competition for ______.

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the idea of Image-Fiction? Why does it exist?

2. According to Wallace, what does television reference?

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

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

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

6. What connection does Wallace see between tennis, geography, and the wind?

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

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

9. How does Wallace feel about the setting for "Lost Highway"? Why does he feel this way?

10. According to Wallace, do writers enjoy watching television? Do writers enjoy being watched? Why do writers watch television?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Wallace discusses the use of irony mainly when discussing television and entertainment and criticizes it as being detrimental. Discuss Wallace's definition of irony and the detriments and benefits it has for art. What is Wallace's definition and objective with his argument? How does Wallace see irony differently?

Essay Topic 2

Wallace addresses his own childhood through his experiences, at times offering the reader a glimpse of his experience through his childhood perspective. Wallace also describes his experiences with children through his journeys. Discuss the way that Wallace's inner-child and experiences with children offer a new side of arguments and experiences for the reader.

Essay Topic 3

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.

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