Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs: A Low Culture Manifesto Test | Final 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. Which of the following is not a frequent topic of conversation from Horace and his friends?

2. At the end of Chapter 16, Klosterman declares that who controls the content of modern newspapers?

3. Where in school was Klosterman when he began researching serial killers?

4. According to Klosterman in Chapter 16, why do copy editors insert false information into a news story?

5. What does the serial killer Cowboy Mike do with Klosterman's friend Sarah?

Short Essay Questions

1. How do page designers affect the news?

2. What example does Klosterman offer in Eating the Dinosaur to illustrate the loss of origins in time travel?

3. What is the value of lyrics in popular music?

4. How are some cereal icons representative of the pained desire for perfection and acceptance?

5. Describe to conflict between alternative and mainstream country music.

6. What is the essence of coolness, as described in Chapter 10?

7. Why do sports writers hate their work?

8. What is the difference between Saved by the Bell and an important show?

9. What is the book Left Behind about?

10. What disagreement does Chuck Klosterman with critics regarding Vanilla Sky?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay exploring the differences Klosterman delineates between soccer people and baseball people. What does each sport emphasize and value? Why is the author certain that soccer will never make inroads as a popular sport in America? How does his attitude toward sports cause him to be embattled as a little league coach?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Throughout Sex Drugs and Cocoa Puffs, Chuck Klosterman discusses the importance of individuals in the world. Write an essay about three of these individuals. How did they become popular? To what extent have they become symbols in modern day America? What does each symbolize? What is Klosterman's attitude toward each?

Part 1) John Cusack

Part 2) Pamela Anderson

Part 3) Jeffrey Dahmer

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