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

Lester Bangs
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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. The narrator agonizes over buying Count Five's record _____ because it is mediocre but he eventually comes to love it.

2. 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.

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

4. Bangs is using a deception because none of these other Count Five albums existed, and he was comparing himself to a ______ critic.

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

Short Essay Questions

1. When there is speculation as to whether a song like "Wild Thing" could be written anymore, what does Bangs speculate?

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

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

4. Why does Clark believe that he will still be around for years to come, as he says when talking to Bangs?

5. While Bangs doesn't disagree with the assessment of the Stooges, what does he believe the value of their music is?

6. What does Bangs have to say about the albums that Chicago puts out during this lifetime?

7. What happens when Bangs decides to chase his landlady back to her apartment as he is playing the saxophone?

8. What is the opinion that Bangs and Clark seem to share when they are talking in an interview together?

9. What does Clark believe about the trend of glam rock when it is discussed with Bangs?

10. What does Bangs believe to be the meaning of the song "Give It To Me" by The Troggs?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Bangs writes about the Clash as they were one of the first bands who really wanted to make a difference in the world.

Part 1: Do you think that the Clash actually wanted to make a difference in the world?

Part 2: How do you think Bangs really feels about the music of the Clash?

Part 3: What are your opinions of the Clash based on what you've read in the book?

Essay Topic 2

Bangs is a music critic, someone who is paid to talk about his opinions about music, which sometimes are stilted and unbalanced.

Part 1: Do you think a music critic should try to be more balanced in their writing?

Part 2: Do you agree with most of Bangs' ideas about music?

Part 3: How do you think a music critic is able to criticize music without letting their own tastes get in the way? Is this possible?

Essay Topic 3

Bangs seems to be irreverent in much of his writing, deciding to use different voices for different topics.

Part 1: Why do you think Bangs uses different voices in different columns?

Part 2: Do you think it's better to have a consistent voice or to have different voices?

Part 3: How do you think you would speak if you were writing a music column versus a traditional column?

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