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. Bangs suggests in "Kraftwerkfeature" that the natural progression of rock and roll is to turn over to ________.

2. When Bangs takes the instrument home with him and attempts to play it, a dispute with ______ erupts.

3. Bangs suggests that the song ______ forced listeners to go out and live life instead of just being passive.

4. The old man tells his grandchildren that by the end of the 1960s, the Yardbirds had transformed into the band ______.

5. Bangs also claims that the Troggs got their name from a group of ______ youth who were living in caves at the time of the band's formation.

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Lester Bangs not like about the way that music shifted in the 1960s, according to his essays?

3. What does Bangs explain to be the meaning of the band name, The Troggs, when he starts this section?

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

5. What does Bangs have to say about the album "Keep the Faith," even though he liked the band's first album?

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

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

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

9. What does Jon Landau do in response to the way that Lester Bangs writes about music, according to the essay?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Like so many other music critics, Bangs has stories of run-ins with the law which make it into his columns.

Part 1: Why do you think Bangs decides that he won't stop playing his sax, and then gets in trouble for it?

Part 2: Do you think there is a reputation that a music critic has to uphold in order to be seen as valid?

Part 3: How do you think a music critic or a musician should behave?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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