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 asserts that almost every band that is thought of as _______ was originally criticized for being terrible musicians.

2. Bangs states that Laughner's doctors told him to quit using drugs but he continued to use to imitate ______.

3. In his article about Elvis, Bangs describes his experience of telling ______ men about Elvis' death and their lack of care.

4. Bangs describes a fantasy about eating ______ out of Elvis Presley's dead body, or part of the body to become Elvis himself.

5. According to Hell, the ability of a person to remake himself is the message of the song ______.

Essay 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 describes feeling more powerful as a result of the most masculine album that Reed makes in "Metal Machine Music."

Part 1: Why do you think powerful and masculine are two words that are associated with each other?

Part 2: Do you think that women singers can be powerful? Why or why not?

Part 3: How do you think a song can be made more powerful for the audience?

Essay Topic 3

Dick Clark is a surprising figure in this story, sounding as though he doesn't agree with pop music, even though he seems to celebrate it.

Part 1: How do you think Bangs feels about Clark before and after their meeting?

Part 2: Why do you think Clark points out that music is not original?

Part 3: Why do you think popular culture tends to enjoy the same sort of music over and over?

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