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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. In "The Nautilus and the Drunken Boat," the ship is an emblem of what?
(a) Dreams.
(b) Objectivity.
(c) Closure.
(d) Literature.

2. Which of the following is not a dish the author mentions in the first paragraph of "Ornamental Cooking"?
(a) "Pink chicken chaud-froid."
(b) "A frothy charlotte."
(c) "Golden partridges studded with cherries."
(d) "Fresh steak carpaccio."

3. Which of the following does the author say is impossible to ignore for the bourgeois with regard to art history in "The Blue Guide"?
(a) Greek.
(b) Jewish.
(c) French.
(d) Roman Catholic.

4. Which of the following is not a phrase used to describe Einstein or his brain in "The Brain of Einstein"?
(a) "A true museum exhibit."
(b) "World of robots."
(c) "Bed of thorns."
(d) "Superman."

5. What does the author say culture will be opposed to in "Neither-Nor Criticism"?
(a) Elitists.
(b) Ideologies.
(c) Mass-productions.
(d) Race.

Short Answer Questions

1. Ultimately, what is the destiny of the writers in the magazine article mentioned in "Novels and Children"?

2. What passion of children does Barthes compare the themes of the discussed author to in "The Nautilus and the Drunken Boat"?

3. "Your ____ will be furious!" How is this quote from "Operation Margarine" finished?

4. The author sees toys as doing what to children?

5. What sort of wrestling does the author define as portraying the ongoing battle between good and evil in "The World of Wrestling"?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is particularly special of the "Jet-Man"?

2. Who is the writer discussed in "The Nautilus and the Drunken Boat"? What is Barthes opinion of this writer's ambitions?

3. How is drunkenness different in France than other nations?

4. "Hitch the greatness of the former to the triumph of the latter." To what does this quote from "Operation Margarine" apply?

5. What is the sexist irony of "Novels and Children"?

6. Why are the "Ornamental Cookery" images in Elle magazine put fourth in vain?

7. How are "The Nautilus" and "Mysterious Island" similar and different?

8. What does the author say Garbo's beauty suggests of culture?

9. What is the function of wrestling according to "The World of Wrestling?" What does the author contrast this to? Why is this the function of wrestling?

10. Why does the author speak ill of men as 'types' in "The Blue Guide"?

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