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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. In "The Blue Guide," which of the following does the author not say "can have access to the pantheon of travel"?

2. What food is Einstein's mental process compared to making in "The Brain of Einstein"?

3. "The storm, that is, the infinite, rages in ______." How is quote from "The Nautilus and the Drunken Boat" finished?

4. What word does the author say is used by "Neither-Nor" critics in a tone of "alacrity"?

5. What meal does the author compare a writer's liking to in "The Writer on Holiday"?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How is it assumed the author is referring to astronauts when he says "the Jet-Man"?

3. What are "Toys," according to the author?

4. What does the author compare Garbo's makeup to? What male personality is she compared to?

5. How does Abbe Pierre's haircut a juncture of meeting points and definitions?

6. How is the opening claim in "Neither-Nor Criticism" that "criticism must be 'neither a parlour game, nor a municipal service'" affect the remainder of the article?

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

8. In "Blind and Dumb Criticism," why would a critic admitting that he is not scholarly enough to comment appropriately on the work at hand be toxic to a culture?

9. How can bourgeois toys be be recognized?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is a "Jet-Man?" What are peoples' attitudes towards him? What do these attitudes reflect of the people who hold them? How is the "Jet-Man" different than most people and how is he the same?

Essay Topic 2

What was relevant of "The 'Blue Blood' Cruise?" How is the attitude of the royalty the same as the attitude of common people? What does this attitude say of the royalty who holds it? What does the connection between royalty and the common people because of this attitude suggest of humanity?

Essay Topic 3

What myths/objects are nationalistic in French culture? Why are myths important to the French, specifically? How is the author eager to exemplify what is French and what is not in the book?

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