Psychotic Reactions and Carburetor Dung Test | Mid-Book Test - Easy

Lester Bangs
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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Bangs states that "Station to Station" is ______ 's finest album yet because even if the lyrics are pretentious, the guitar is amazing.
(a) Blitzkrieg.
(b) David Bowie.
(c) Luther Vandross.
(d) Barry White.

2. The old man tells his grandchildren that by the end of the 1960s, the Yardbirds had transformed into the band ______.
(a) Rolling Stones.
(b) Fleetwood Mac.
(c) Led Zeppelin.
(d) Pink Floyd.

3. The second essay in the book is a review of Van Morrison's second album called _______.
(a) Madame George.
(b) Velvet Underground.
(c) T.V. Eye.
(d) Astral Weeks.

4. One group that Bangs felt did use a more freestyle approach was ________, but they were among the few.
(a) The Mysterians.
(b) Question Mark.
(c) The Velvet Underground.
(d) Led Zeppelin.

5. Bangs claims that Count Five released a total of ______ albums and goes on to explain the merits of each.
(a) Five.
(b) Six.
(c) Seven.
(d) Four.

6. Bangs was at first offended by the Guess Who's most famous song "______ Woman" but then realized that their willingness to offend the audience is what made them great.
(a) Irish.
(b) Russian.
(c) Scandinavian.
(d) American.

7. Bangs suggests that once groups reach stardom they begin to treat their fans with ______.
(a) Integrity.
(b) Gratitude.
(c) Disregard.
(d) Contempt.

8. Bangs is using a deception because none of these other Count Five albums existed, and he was comparing himself to a ______ critic.
(a) Creem.
(b) Rolling Stone.
(c) L.A. Blues.
(d) Astral Weeks.

9. Bangs then reviews James Taylor's album called "_____ Man Dog" and surprisingly defends the album.
(a) Two.
(b) One.
(c) Three.
(d) Four.

10. Bangs suggests that the music of ______ was a natural reaction to the chaos of the late 1960s.
(a) The Black Crows.
(b) The Yardbirds.
(c) The Stooges.
(d) The Animals.

11. Bangs admires the Troggs for making innocent _____ songs as well as incredibly sexual music.
(a) Sophisticated.
(b) Polemic.
(c) Love.
(d) Political.

12. The old man also tells his grandchildren that _____ was assassinated at a show in 1973 - two years after the article was written.
(a) Jeff Beck.
(b) Jimmy Page
(c) Jimmy Hendrix.
(d) Eric Clapton.

13. The narrator of the story Psychotic Reactions and Carburetor Dung is a ______ year old man explaining rock and roll history to his grandchildren.
(a) Sixty.
(b) Ninety.
(c) Eighty.
(d) Seventy.

14. Critic Jon Landau dismisses Bangs for his reviews and for his magazine _______ for giving similar albums positive reviews.
(a) Creem.
(b) L.A. Blues.
(c) Astral Weeks.
(d) Rolling Stone.

15. Bangs asserts that the live music sounds similar to the studio music except there are long and pointless ______.
(a) Crowd singing sections.
(b) Pauses.
(c) Solos.
(d) Introductions to each song.

Short Answer Questions

1. Bangs concludes his review of Barry White by comparing White's songs to ______.

2. Bangs describes the fact that Iggy Pop transitioned from an imitation of______ on the last album to a more refined and unique form.

3. Bangs believes that David Bowie's concert performance was an attempt to appropriate ______ culture.

4. Bangs suggests that the genre of rock and roll is naturally ______ and thus musical illiteracy is consistent with rock and roll.

5. Bangs spends almost half of the review of the album talking about the song ______, which Bangs believes is about a transsexual man.

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