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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. Which of the following is not a frequent topic of conversation from Horace and his friends?
2. What word does Kirk Cameron use to describe the Rapture as depicted in Left Behind in the interview quoted in Chapter 17?
3. In Chapter 16, Klosterman points out that what type of writers hate their jobs?
4. Which character did not disappear abruptly at some point in the final season of Saved by the Bell?
5. In Chapter 10, Klosterman argues the a child's cereal choice is made to avoid being what?
Short Essay Questions
1. How is Luke Skywalker's relationship with Darth Vader a familiar relationship to Gen X'ers?
2. How are some cereal icons representative of the pained desire for perfection and acceptance?
3. Why does Mitch dislike his coach in Downtown Owl?
4. How was the Tori Paradox the most realistic part of Saved by the Bell?
5. How does a Dixie Chicks concert reveal a cultural shift to Chuck Klosterman?
6. Describe to conflict between alternative and mainstream country music.
7. What disagreement does Chuck Klosterman with critics regarding Vanilla Sky?
8. Why do sports writers hate their work?
9. Why does Klosterman posit that traveling forward in time is less fraught than traveling back?
10. What is the value of lyrics in popular music?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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?
Essay Topic 2
Write an essay about how Chuck Klosterman analyzes the goals and achievements of the internet through the prism of pornography. What was the promise of the internet at its inception? How does the popularity of certain types of porn indicate a desire for community and equality? How does this run contrary to internet professionals' opinions of internet porn?
Essay Topic 3
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
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