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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. Gilder believes technology can be solved with ________.

2. Where was Wallace sent on an assignment for Harper's Magazine?

3. Why can't Wallace watch the car race?

4. What does Wallace attribute his tennis success to?

5. What about Leyner's image-fiction made Wallace wonder if pop-culture is all people have become?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What caused Lynch's downfall in the movie industry?

4. Does Wallace's visit to the stockyard barns affect Wallace at all? Why or why not?

5. Why does Wallace believe cloggers have more fun than people at a rock concert?

6. How was Wallace able to go to the Desert Competition of the fair?

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

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

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

10. What is a "Lynchian" film?

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

Two of Wallace's essays in the collection discuss his experiences while on writing assignments. Discuss how these essays differ from the other essays and arguments. How does Wallace approach assignments? How does it shape the way he writes?

Essay Topic 3

Wallace rarely discusses minor figures: most are successful and famous. However, he focuses on the person's struggle with this status and desires. Discuss Wallace's view of celebrity. Why does Wallace focus on these? What is the objective? What is the affect on the reader? What is displayed through his discussions of fame, struggle, and failure?

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