Essay Topics/Writing Assignments
These 20 essay questions can be used as essay questions on a test, or as stand-alone essay topics for a take-home or in-class writing assignment. Students should have a full understanding of the text in order to answer these questions. They ask for a thorough analysis of the text.
1. Advertising is everywhere. How do the markets target you and your classmates into becoming consumers? Apply the semiotic method to analyze consumption as one of the aspects of popular culture.
2. In Chapter 1, the authors posit that compared to other American demographic groups, students may be freer to project their image through the products they buy. Write a paper stating your agreement or disagreement with the authors (this is called a position paper) in the context of your personal experience as a student.
3. Choose six advertisements from magazines catering to different consumer...
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