Psychotic Reactions and Carburetor Dung Test | Final 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. Part of the woman's tactics to get the young man to leave includes ______.

2. In the essay "How to Succeed at _______ Without Really Trying", Bangs claims that he is not still fighting with Lou Reed.

3. Bangs reviewed the group Sham 69, a British punk band whose fans were known to be ______.

4. Bangs suggests that "Metal Machine Music" has curative properties and may be useful in treating ______.

5. Bangs believes that ______ are the only band in their genre with strong convictions about making a better world.

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Bangs note about any band which is now considered to be great in the eyes of the culture?

2. Why does Bangs believe Richard Hell's style of punk rock is necessary in the world?

3. What does Bangs reveal that he and his friends hate doing, when he is writing in the first part of this section?

4. Why is Bangs surprised by the amount of racism that is present in punk rock and in punk rock music?

5. What happens between the man and the woman in the opening part of this section that causes her to kick him out?

6. What does Bangs conclude about the performances of Pop when he sees the show at the beginning of this chapter?

7. What does Reed have to say about Iggy Pop when he is first being interviewed by Bangs in this section?

8. What does Bangs believe about the music of Bob Seger when he reviews his album?

9. Why does Bangs believe that Elvis was able to be a rebel without being an outcast?

10. Why does Bangs consider Lou Reed to be a hero of his, according to his writings?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The interpretation of song lyrics can be tricky and dependent on the person who does the translating.

Part 1: Do you think it's possible to definitively state that a song means one thing?

Part 2: Do you think you are objective when it comes to the interpretation of song lyrics?

Part 3: How do you think a person could be positive about the meaning of a song?

Essay Topic 2

In the beginning, Bangs writes from the perspective of an older man who is explaining rock and roll to children.

Part 1: Why do you think it's important to consider alternative histories?

Part 2: How do you think that the opening section is right? How is it wrong?

Part 3: Do you think that an alternative history is just as valid as the real history?

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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