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 the word "pamper" in the brochure for the cruise ship make him think of?

2. Wallace enjoys having a clean cabin, but feels like a _______.

3. What does Wallace think will happen to Arquette because of "Lost Highway"?

4. What does Wallace believe audiences will reconsider about Pullman after "Lost Highway"?

5. What does Wallace believe "Lost Highway" will do for Blake's career?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Ellery supposed to represent?

2. How does Wallace feel about his Celebrity Cruise assignment?

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

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

5. Why doesn't Wallace leave his cabin on the cruise ship?

6. Why does Wallace explain Michael Joyce to the reader?

7. What does Wallace feel elderly people and the cruise ship have in common? Does he feel these two are an appropriate pairing?

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

9. Is Wallace in good company in enjoying the activities on the ship?

10. Why does Wallace say he is on the fence about Lynch casing Richard Pryor?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Wallace's essays often present an argument. Discuss how Wallace contradicts the arguments, his method of citations and antithesis and the effect this has on the final product.

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