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 tells Reed during their interview that "Metal Machine Music" is authentic and calls it a _______ career move.

2. Bangs describes punk as being music that is about renouncing ______ and being different.

3. In an excerpt from "The Scorn Papers", Bangs takes issue with The Village Eye, which credited Richard Hell and John Holmstrom with the invention of ______.

4. In his essay "Fragments, 1976-1982", Bangs writes about the fact that he and his friends hate ______.

5. Bangs suggests that he likes the album Metal Box because it expresses the _____ that Bangs feels.

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Bangs seems to think that music and rock and roll should not be revered for being technically great.

Part 1: Does music have to be done well in order to be enjoyable?

Part 2: How do you think music is hindered by the structure of notes and time keeping?

Part 3: Why do you think Bangs believes music should be free to experiment?

Essay Topic 2

Reed and Bangs are insulting each other when they are first talking to each other the interview they have in the book.

Part 1: Why do you think the two men decide to insult each other when they are talking?

Part 2: Do you think it's good form to insult another person you are interviewing?

Part 3: How do you think Bangs should have treated Reed in that particular interview?

Essay Topic 3

In his writing, Bangs seems to have explanations for band names, which seem to be a little preposterous.

Part 1: Do you think you can believe everything that Bangs is saying?

Part 2: How do you think Bangs comes up with the answers that he shares with his readers?

Part 3: Why do you think Bangs feels the need to explain the band names and meanings?

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