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. What is Mitch Hrlicka's nickname?

2. According to Horace, what do real men drink?

3. To Klosterman, serial killing is a modern crime because it validates what?

4. In Chapter 16, Klosterman points out that what type of writers hate their jobs?

5. Which of the following is not an item Klosterman analyzes in Sex Drugs and Cocoa Puffs?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Klosterman's process for extracting truth from low culture.

2. How has the quality of the Star Wars franchise been incorrectly assessed, according to Klosterman in Chapter 12?

3. What essential beliefs does Generation X have, according to Chuck Klosterman?

4. What is the book Left Behind about?

5. How was the Tori Paradox the most realistic part of Saved by the Bell?

6. What does Klosterman think that "what is reality?" films are teaching us?

7. Why is Laura dispirited by her interview with Walter Valentine?

8. Why does Klosterman posit that traveling forward in time is less fraught than traveling back?

9. Why does Mitch dislike his coach in Downtown Owl?

10. How is Luke Skywalker's relationship with Darth Vader a familiar relationship to Gen X'ers?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Throughout Sex Drugs and Cocoa Puffs, Chuck Klosterman discusses the idea of coolness in American society. What does Klosterman think of the pursuit of coolness? What are the essential elements of cool? Does he think coolness is a worthwhile goal to pursue? Cite specific examples from the book to argue Klosterman's position.

Essay Topic 2

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

Essay Topic 3

In Sex Drugs and Cocoa Puffs, Klosterman uses popular culture to explain the drives and attitudes of Generation X'ers. Write a three-part essay about Klosterman's conception of Generation X:

Part 1) Why did the movies of John Cusack render love a virtual impossibility for Generation X? What false expectations did the movies of the 1980s and '90s create, and how has Klosterman repeatedly been foiled by them?

Part 2) What is Generation X's obsession with coolness, according to Klosterman? Discuss how his generation was conditioned at a young age to desire coolness as an ideal? How did cereal ads play a role in this indoctrination? What is the nature of cool to Gen X?

Part 3) Discuss how Gen X feels an unbreakable bond with Luke Skywalker. What in the original Star Wars films typifies the worldview of this generation? What role does failure and struggle play in this kinship?

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