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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 charity do Brenda Edgar and Ronald McDonald discuss with the press?

2. What does Wallace believe about the dialogue in six hours worth of television?

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

4. What television show does Wallace compare the cloggers to?

5. What is the key difference between Wallace and Antitoi?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. According to Wallace, what tendencies does television appeal to? Who is television's target?

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

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

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

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

7. Why did the students argue with their professor's position that works should make no reference to a specific time period?

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

9. According to Wallace, are commercials self-aware? What is the effect of this on the viewer?

10. As a child, what did Wallace believe the purpose of carnivals was?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Throughout his essays, Wallace often cites outside sources to either enforce his opinion or provide a contradiction for him to react to. Discuss Wallace's use of outside sources. How does Wallace analyzing others paint a clearer picture of Wallace himself?

Essay Topic 2

Early in Wallace's collection of essays, Wallace discusses the pedagogy, influence, and future of television in America. Discuss Wallace's take on television: what points does he make? Where does his opinion spring from? What is his objective in this discussion?

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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