A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again: Essays and Arguments Test | Final Test - Hard

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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 believe audiences will reconsider about Pullman after "Lost Highway"?

2. When did Wallace's style of tennis become less effective?

3. Wallace explains that despite Joyce's youthful appearance, he wears a ______ expression on his face while playing.

4. Why are the stadiums empty during Joyce's qualifying matches?

5. How do the critics view Lynch's painting experience?

Short Essay Questions

1. According to Wallace, why is Joyce a professional tennis player?

2. Does Wallace give credit to Lynch's critics? What is his opinion of them?

3. How does Wallace anticipate he will be treated on the cruise ship? Why does he think this?

4. How is morality a question in Lynch's films?

5. Why does Wallace consider tennis to be the most beautiful and demanding sport?

6. Why does Wallace ultimately spend most of his time alone on the ship?

7. Why does Wallace time his absences from his cabin?

8. Why is the stadium at Joyce's qualifying match relatively empty?

9. Why does Lynch rarely use minorities in his films?

10. In terms of irony, why does Wallace appreciate Lynch's films?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Wallace discusses his successes and failures in sports and art. At times, he is humble but at others one could sense bitterness. In the situation with the bigger and more luxurious cruise ship, Wallace is suddenly aware of his desires. Discuss Wallace's exhibition is his desires openly and subtly. Although Wallace is in control of the reader's experience, does the reader see aspects of Wallace he ignores? What is the effect on the reader and how they interpret his opinions?

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

In several essays, Wallace discusses his experience in tennis and his fondness for the sport. He often likens it to other activities and concepts, making it appear that it is an integral part of him although he doesn't play anymore. Discuss what tennis represents to Wallace and how it thematically aids the collection of essays. What is it to represent?

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