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. Ethically, how does Wallace feel about Conroy's essay?

2. What deeper truth about the cruise line does Conroy's essay reveal to Wallace?

3. What does Wallace believe Lynch's painting experience has helped him with?

4. Where does Wallace's Celebrity Cruise start?

5. Why does Wallace feel overwhelmed by the lecture on the ship's mechanical functions?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Wallace sit alone at breakfast on the cruise ship?

2. When does Wallace suddenly become dissatisfied with the standards of his cruise ship? Why does this happen?

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

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

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

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

7. Does Wallace respond to the Celebrity Cruise brochure the way the brochure intends? Why?

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

9. Does Wallace enjoy ordering room service on the cruise ship? Why or why not?

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

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

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

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?

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