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. How do sports teams pay huge salaries to the top athletes?

2. What is the main point made in the essay "Larger than Life," by Jenny Lyn Bader?

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

4. What does Bell Hooks write about in her essay "Baby?"

5. What is the latest example of the Elvis effect, according to Paul C. Taylor?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How do toys like Barbie teach consumption to kids, according to Gary Cross, author of "Barbie, G.I. Joe, and Play in the 1960s?"

3. What is a gender code?

4. How did the gender codes change with time? Give an example.

5. What is the common rationale given by the entertainment industry to exclude blacks from management positions, according to Michael Omi?

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

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

8. How does Martha Stewart represent the culture of consumption, according to "The Assault on Martha Stewart," by Mark Caldwell?

9. What is the main argument made by the essay "Women and Children First: Gender and the Settling of the Electronic Frontier," by Laura Miller?

10. What is the essay "Of Cholos and Surfers," by Jack Lopez, about?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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.

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