Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs: A Low Culture Manifesto Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Chuck Klosterman
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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. What is a Laker person's preferred socially-irresponsible rapper?

2. At the end of Chapter 6, Klosterman says that both Monroe and Anderson are only about what?

3. Which Coldplay song does Klosterman mock continually in Chapter 1?

4. Which of the following is not an Electronic Arts game mentioned in Chapter 2?

5. In the Introduction, Klosterman says his goal in writing the novel is to explain what?

Short Essay Questions

1. What conclusion does Klosterman come to regarding the Lakers and Celtics at the end of Chapter 8?

2. At the beginning of Chapter 5, what odd existence does Klosterman describe regarding tribute bands?

3. Why did Klosterman fail as a little league coach?

4. Why is Madonna not the sexual icon that Pamela Anderson is?

5. According to Klosterman in Chapter 4, what is Generation X's connection with coolness?

6. How is Billy Joel an exception to the fetishism of coolness?

7. In Chapter 4, how does Klosterman explain Bruce Springsteen's appeal?

8. How did Woody Allen change and then fail to change romantic perceptions?

9. Why did Puck and Pedro transcend The Real World frame?

10. Why are amateur porn sites so popular on the internet?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Chuck Klosterman's essays fall into the category of literary nonfiction, or new journalism. Most famously practiced by such writers as Norman Mailer, Joan Didion, and Truman Capote, this practice involves the journalist placing him or herself at the center of the story. Write an essay about three essays in which Klosterman plays a pivotal role in the reading of events. How is he an active player here? How does his presence affect the story? What does this alter about what else would have been a straightforward relating of events?

Essay Topic 2

The themes of Sex Drugs and Cocoa Puffs are large, especially considering the frivolity of many of the tangible subjects. Klosterman returns again and again to the idea of reality and humanity's understanding of it. In a three part essay, discuss how Klosterman connects the eternal question of reality and perception to pop cultural products. What does each say about the presentation of reality? How does each illuminate the human experience?

Part 1) The Sims

Part 2) The Real World

Part 3) Modern Hollywood films

Essay Topic 3

Choose three of the movies that Chuck Klosterman discusses in Chapter 13. In an essay discuss what all of these films have in common thematically. Why does Klosterman think that these are among the most effective films of the modern age? How do these films, as Klosterman argues, create the reality that others experience? How do their presentations of reality differ the presentations from film of the 1970's?

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