Signs of Life in the U.S.A. Test | Final 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. According to the textbook authors, which TV show had a protagonist(s) that became popular role models for American women?

2. What does Malcolm Gladwell examine in "The Science of Shopping?"

3. Which company created the Barbie doll?

4. What is the essay "A Patriot's Tale" about?

5. Which game did become the American pastime, according to the textbook authors?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is "New York's Most Disliked Building?" and why?

2. What is the key point made by Bell Hooks in her essay "Baby?"

3. How does Barbie reinforce women's perception about perfect body image, according to "Our Barbies, Ourselves," by Emily Prager?

4. What are the conflicting values in the essay by Rina Swentzell, "Conflicting Landscape Values: The Santa Clara Pueblo and Day School?"

5. What is the Pueblo American Indian perception of space and its utilization? How does this conflict with the Euro American perception of space utilization?

6. Why is semiotics of sports crucial?

7. According to the essay "Boys--R- Us: Board Game and the Socialization of Young Adolescent Girls," by Jennifer Scanlon, what do gender specific toys and games teach children?

8. What is overt racism? What is inferential racism?

9. What is the Elvis effect, according to Paul C. Taylor?

10. According to Engle, why did Superman become a superhero?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What are the main principles behind Martha Stewart's success? Using examples cited in the text book along with the ideas expressed by the author, outline the main principles. Explain if you agree or disagree with those main principles

Essay Topic 2

Do the current TV programs and shows provide a safe space for children and parents to spend the evening together? What is the implicit message of prime time TV programming to the families?

Essay Topic 3

Lippard, in her essay "Alternating Currents," claims that many, especially women who were raised in the country, come to the city to break away from family. She posits that moving a city represents a break with the family values. Do you agree with that position? What are possible motivations to move to the city?

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