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. Wallace feels ______ when walking through the boat during the storm.

2. What does the Dreamward have more of than the Nadir?

3. In describing Joyce's situation in tennis, Wallace compares him to a _______ player.

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

5. What does Wallace believe is the cause for Lynch being so poorly received by critics?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why doesn't Wallace participate in many of the activities on the ship?

2. What is Ellery supposed to represent?

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

4. Was the brochure for the cruise ship misleading? What does Wallace observe about this?

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

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

7. How does Wallace feel about Conroy's Celebrity Cruise essay?

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

9. Does Wallace believe he could have been a great tennis player? Why or why not?

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 the essay "Getting Away From pretty Much Being Away From It All," Wallace is on assignment in his home state of Illinois. Through his exploration of the State Fair, Wallace's Eastern and Midwestern identities are brought into question and clashes between the two arise. Discuss what Wallace finds about himself and the regions as being a once native, now outsider.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Through the collection "A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again," Wallace's style is thoroughly explored. Discuss Wallace's style and its reflection through this collection. Who is Wallace as a writer?

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