Psychotic Reactions and Carburetor Dung Test | Final Test - Hard

Lester Bangs
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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Bangs concludes the article by suggesting that "Metal Machine Music" is the most ______ album Reed has made.

2. In his essay, Bangs accuses Seger of ______ because his music is not much different than others.

3. In an excerpt from his review of Peter Guralinick's book, Bangs focused on Sam Phillips, the owner of _______.

4. Bangs believes that the album "Metal Machine Music" is the ultimate evolution of using _______.

5. Bangs suggests that Reed's latest album was inspired by _______, which Bangs jokes could solve all the worlds problems.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Joe Strummer says that he actually wants to know when he's not being as good in concerts.

Part 1: Do you think most performers want to hear whether they are good in a performance?

Part 2: How do you think a performer from today's music scene might react if someone told them they were off one night?

Part 3: Do you appreciate honesty over being told you are good, even when you're not?

Essay Topic 2

Bangs begins to argue that the natural progression of music is to give the music over to machines.

Part 1: Do you agree that the natural progression of music is to give the work over to machines?

Part 2: How do you think music should be played in order to be enjoyable?

Part 3: Do you think today's music is being handled by machines primarily?

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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