Subculture, the Meaning of Style Test | Final Test - Easy

Dick Hebdige
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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Hebdige say "incites a cultural fear of further hidden transgressions"?
(a) Perverse styles.
(b) Poverty styles.
(c) Playful styles.
(d) Profanity styles.

2. What is the media's purpose of depicting Punkers as "good kids"?
(a) To show that the definition of being a Punker is being a positive person.
(b) To lessen the subculture's credibility.
(c) To persuade them to change their ways since the masses like that depiction.
(d) To create harmony between them and other subcultures.

3. Nuttal says that rocket jackets posses which of the following powers?
(a) Has fetishistic power.
(b) Has supernatural power.
(c) Has creative power.
(d) Has mental power.

4. In the Punk subculture, when is commodification complete?
(a) When Punkers are able to recruit a large number to the subculture.
(b) It was complete just by the mere fact that the subculture was formed.
(c) When objects of style perfectly match the subculture's aesthetic.
(d) It will not be complete until the Punk subculture is dissolved.

5. In Chapter 6, how does Hebdige describe the idea of subcultures?
(a) As cultural noise.
(b) As a cultural nuisance.
(c) As a cultural necessity.
(d) As a cultural no-no.

6. What is one of the common objects of the dominant culture mentioned that takes on a new meaning when used by a subculture?
(a) Pair of shoes.
(b) Car.
(c) Comb.
(d) Brush.

7. In terms of style, what does supply drive?
(a) Demand.
(b) Significance of a subculture.
(c) Market.
(d) Style.

8. With regard to working class aesthetics, which of the following subcultures did the Punks offend?
(a) 50's Teddy Boys.
(b) Reggae.
(c) 70's Teddy Boys.
(d) Rastafarians.

9. Of the following, which does Hebdige say is true of George Jackson's words?
(a) They are fixed in space.
(b) They are fixed in meaning.
(c) They are fixed in the dominant culture.
(d) They are fixed in history.

10. Which three writers does Hebdige compare at the end of the book?
(a) T.S. Eliot, Barthes, and Genet.
(b) T. S. Eliot, Genet, and Himself.
(c) Himself, Barthes, and T.S. Eliot.
(d) George Jackson, Himself, and Genet.

11. How does George Jackson view the language used by the mass culture?
(a) It is used to turn the participants of the dominant culture against each other.
(b) It is obsolete.
(c) It might be corrupted.
(d) It is currently in transition.

12. Where does Hebdige say objects begin?
(a) In the Mod subculture.
(b) In the Glam subculture.
(c) In the Rastafarian subculture.
(d) In the mass culture.

13. In Chapter 7, Hebdige focuses on something and how it affects the definition of a subculture. What is it that he focuses on?
(a) Religious preference.
(b) Socioeconomical status.
(c) Style.
(d) Level of education.

14. What happens to style when it is no longer associated with a subculture?
(a) It becomes solidified.
(b) It becomes codified.
(c) It becomes modified.
(d) It becomes commodified.

15. With regard to music, Punks prefer which of the following rather than technique?
(a) Desire to master technique.
(b) Enjoyment.
(c) Acceptance.
(d) Chaos.

Short Answer Questions

1. Of the following, which is defined as a "diverse set of signifiers which are likely to change from moment to moment"?

2. Hebdige says that Genet transformed from individual into what?

3. According to Hebdige, if a black participant no longer wishes to be associated with a subculture, he/she can then do which of the following?

4. What does Hebdige say about the idea of language?

5. Skinheads obtain which of the following, to encourage a reputation of "manliness"?

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