Signs of Life in the U.S.A. Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. When did the daytime talk shows become popular?

2. Which company's All-Bran ad promoted their product as a cancer preventing food?

3. What does the essay "Asian Women in Film: No Joy, No Luck" focus on?

4. According to the textbook authors, what is the best way to study popular phenomena?

5. What is Michael Parenti's argument in "Class and Virtue?"

Short Essay Questions

1. What is Schadenfreude? How is it relevant to TV shows? Give two examples.

2. What are popular signs of life?

3. What is the earliest sign of American consumption of "more?" When did that happen?

4. What do the designer and brand signs represent?

5. What are some examples of popular culture?

6. What is commodification of desire?

7. How do advertisements perpetuate gender stereotyping?

8. How are Asian women represented in American movies? How does it reinforce the image held by society?

9. Which businesses represent the current day version of American accumulation of land? What is the phenomenon associated with it?

10. Taking the example of blue jeans, explain how a product undergoes a transformation as a cultural symbol.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is the impact of reality TV shows on children? Take a reality show as an example to do a semiotic analysis of its potential impact on middle school children watching it.

Essay Topic 2

What did you learn about the history of American advertising from the chapter "Brought to You B(u)y: The Signs of Advertising?" How is the history of American advertising linked to the advancement of technology?

Essay Topic 3

What is your position regarding people belonging to one culture adapting or copying another culture's art form? Do you agree or disagree with the points made by Paul C. Taylor in "Funky White Boys and Honorary Soul Sisters?"

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