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. Fill-in the blank. The significance of a sign does not depend on ___________________.

2. What is the name of the movie cited by the authors of the Text book as one of the most popular films of 2001?

3. What does the essay, "Signs of Shopping" examine?

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

5. According to the authors, why do people buy a product?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the image projected by an American mall? What is the real image?

2. What are some examples of popular culture?

3. What are the key arguments in the essay "Signs of Intelligent Life on TV?" Please name two TV shows cited by the author that support her key arguments.

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

5. Reality TV shows are a hot trend in popular culture and often based on schadenfreude. What do you think their impact could be on a middle school student?

6. What do the designer and brand signs represent?

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

8. How is semiotic analysis of TV program different from a review or opinion?

9. What are the factors that may influence semiotic interpretation?

10. What method do the authors introduce to study popular culture?

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 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?"

Essay Topic 3

How do malls and departmental stores shape our values and create expectations? How are the traditions of religious and public holidays affected by the consumer culture?

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