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Dick Hebdige
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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Of the many subcultures, which two especially believe the idea that blacks represent the natural state of man?
(a) Skinheads and Punks.
(b) Hippies and 1950's Teddy Boys.
(c) Beats and Hipsters.
(d) Mods and Glams.

2. According to Hebdige, subcultures serve the purpose of allowing individuals to do which of the following?
(a) Overthrow the mass culture.
(b) Prove that the mass culture serves no purpose.
(c) Become a part of the mass culture.
(d) Symbolically separate themselves from the mass culture.

3. In Chapter 5, what is Britain unable to get rid of?
(a) Race conflict.
(b) Class conflict.
(c) Age conflict.
(d) Gender conflict.

4. Hebdige states, "the implication is that style, with its inherent subversion, can . . ." do what?
(a) "Persuade the subconsciousness of mass culture."
(b) "Fight the consciousness of mass culture."
(c) "Influence the unconsciousness of mass culture."
(d) "Influence the consciousness of mass culture."

5. In Chapter 5, Hebdige says mass media defines what?
(a) Social expectations.
(b) Cultural truths.
(c) Emotional attitude.
(d) Cultural experience.

Short Answer Questions

1. Hebdige presents what type(s) of studies to cast doubt on the assumption that the development of many youth cultures makes the British youth a single class unto themselves?

2. What period in history does Hebdige focus on?

3. In Chapter 4, what does Hebdige say about black and white subcultures and how they got the ideas for their subcultures?

4. According to the Rastafarians, which of the following is considered a blessing?

5. To which philosopher does Hebdige compare his beliefs?

Short Essay Questions

1. Does Hebdige agree with the idea that all subcultures are lumped into one "class"?

2. What does Hebdige say must be done in order to understand the connection between Punk and Reggae?

3. Does Hebdige believe the subculture participants' view of its subculture is the only determining factor in how it is viewed by the outside?

4. When subcultures began to take shape, what group or groups of people became active participants? Why?

5. In the Introduction and Chapter 1, how does Hebdige feel about the way the mass culture defines everyday life?

6. What does Hebdige say was Punk's mission when they formed?

7. Besides the experience of slavery, what other elements were used to create Reggae?

8. In Chapter 4, how do the Teddy Boys contradict themselves?

9. In Hebdige's opinion, are subcultures a form of cultural rebellion?

10. According to Hebdige, was Punk founded on the influence of other subcultures?

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