Mythologies Test | Mid-Book 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. "One is gifted for jet-flying as others are ____." How is this quote from "The Jet-Man" finished?

2. What river is referenced in the first sentence of "The Writer on Holiday?"

3. What magazine is the reference point for "Ornamental Cooking"?

4. Which of the following is NOT something the author says criticism mustn't be in "Neither-Nor Criticism."

5. What does the writing of the author under discussion in "The Nautilus and the Drunken Boat" most typically explore?

Short Essay Questions

1. What image of wine does the author create in the beginning of "Wine and Milk"?

2. From reading "Ornamental Cookery," why would you say that Elle creates such a grandiose food section for a working-class readership?

3. 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?

4. How is fairness apart of wrestling?

5. What is the literary device Verne created?

6. What is the difference between "culture" and "ideologies" in "Neither-Nor Criticism"?

7. How does royalty dress in "The 'Blue Blood' Cruise"? What does this say of the royal families?

8. How does the author introduce holidays in "The Writer on Holiday"?

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

10. What are the two signs that are discussed in "The Romans in Films?" What do they suggest of Roman and modern culture?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How can photography be used in elections? How are people manipulated through this process?

Essay Topic 2

How is beauty an important form of myth? How is it decided what beauty is? What examples from the book are there of this?

Essay Topic 3

What does the author say of critics? Who are critics to him and why are they relevant/irrelevant? What are the themes of the essays he writes specifically about critics? How are these essays similar/different to others in the book?

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