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. Bangs suggests that racism began to form when rock left its blues roots and became _____ music.

2. Bangs enjoys Hell's music, but he is profoundly disturbed by the sense of ______ that he detects in his music and personality.

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

4. In one of the fragments, Bangs writes to convince himself that he is not yet old at the age of _______.

5. As the couple continues to discover things about each other they realize that they both hate the same things and both love _____.

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Bangs say about his times with Laughner when he decides to write about him?

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

3. What does the woman begin to realize about the man as their relationship continues on?

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

5. Why does Hell believe that self-hatred is important, according to the way that Bangs writes about him?

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

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

8. What does Bangs say is the most important ways in which Lou Reed is unique?

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

10. Why is it difficult for Bangs to see Elvis as a tragic character in the music world?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Bangs dismisses Chicago because, while he hates the music, he knows it will be popular to the general public.

Part 1: Do you think that all popular bands are unable to create good music?

Part 2: Why do you think popularity is so offensive to Bangs in his viewpoint?

Part 3: How do you think you would review a band that is popular but that was not suited to your tastes?

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 discusses himself and his life as well, as though it connected to the music lifestyle.

Part 1: Do you think it's self-indulgent to talk about oneself as a writer?

Part 2: Why do you think Bangs decides to share some personal information about himself?

Part 3: Do you think readers would respect Bangs more if he shared less of himself and of his life?

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