Subculture, the Meaning of Style Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Dick Hebdige
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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. Punk lacks which of the following?

2. In Chapter 4, how do the Teddy Boys feel about life?

3. The anger of the people turned into what type of riots?

4. According to Chapter 4, what does the black culture lose as it spreads into the world?

5. How does Hebdige define the purpose of style?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why did the parents of the Rastafarians face such harsh discrimination when they came to London?

2. In Chapter 5, what does Hebdige say is important with regard to why a subculture is formed?

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

4. What is the significance of the author's description of post-war Britain?

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

6. Why does Hebdige think the mass culture "mythologizes signification"?

7. How do the Mods practice the "norms" of the mass culture and traditions of a subculture?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In the end, the author agreed that "Style, as a form of articulation, cannot be understood outside of the context in which it is intended." Do you agree with this analysis? If so, give specific personal reasons and examples from the book that support this. If not, explain why you do not agree as well as your point-of-view on style.

Essay Topic 2

Give specific examples of how the dominant culture seeks to exert control over subcultures (e.g. style - signs and signifiers).

Essay Topic 3

Does the author agree with the notion that "style" is an art within itself or part of a greater system? Explain how he supports his opinion.

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