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Lester Bangs
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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. Bands describes some of his adolescent ______ exploits as a form of tribute to the power of the Troggs' music.
(a) Activist.
(b) Political.
(c) Environmental.
(d) Sexual.

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

3. The opening acts for David Bowie's concert included such names as Ava Cherrt and _______.
(a) Herbie Hancock.
(b) Luther Vandross.
(c) Stevie Wonder.
(d) Art Tatum.

4. Dick Clark tells Bangs that he will be around for a long time precisely because he promotes ______ music.
(a) Glam.
(b) Bad.
(c) Popular.
(d) Good.

5. Bangs suggests that _____ is a dangerous thing because it makes people vulnerable to the universal pain of life.
(a) Marijuana.
(b) Love.
(c) Music.
(d) Poetry.

Short Answer Questions

1. Bangs suggested that rock bands had become pretentious and therefore deserved to get pied in the face like ______.

2. According to Bangs, groups should have resisted the urge to become arty and developed the free style used by _____ musicians.

3. The second essay in the book is a review of Van Morrison's second album called _______.

4. The band known as the Troggs derived their name from the word ______ which means "cavemen".

5. Bangs had written earlier about the Troggs and suggested that they were a ______ band.

Short Essay Questions

1. Who are some of the famous guitarists whose careers were launched by the Yardbirds rock band?

2. What does Bang argue is the recipe for making rock and roll good again, according to his essay?

3. What is the old man in the first essay trying to explain to his children, though Lester Bangs is the one who wrote it?

4. What are the reactions that Lester Bangs has in reaction to the album he buys from the band, Count Five?

5. What does Bangs believe is the reason why The Guess Who are so popular and so effective with their audience?

6. What is the observation that Bangs makes about the rock bands of the time and how they were seen by crowds?

7. What does Bangs believe the song "Wild Thing" causes the listeners to do, or to at least consider doing in their lives?

8. Why does Bangs speak so highly of the Van Morrison album, "Astral Weeks," in his essay?

9. What does Bangs believe the reasoning behind Iggy Pop's diving into the audience and other stage antics?

10. What does Bangs have to say about the idea of good taste, especially when it comes to old movies and to music?

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