The Secret Knowledge: On the Dismantling of American Culture Test | Mid-Book 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 Mamet, the Left ascribes to a sharing of wealth but fails to answer what fundamental question?

2. What actor was Jane Fonda's father?

3. Who is the protagonist of the novel "Lost Horizon"?

4. What was the profession of David Mamet's father?

5. In addition to being an aeronautical engineer, Nevil Shute was also what?

Short Essay Questions

1. What brought about the "car czar" in the Obama administration according to Mamet in Chapter 20: Cabinet Spiritualism and the Car Czar? How does he define this title?

2. How is the premise of "Let's Make a Deal" described in Chapter 12: The Monty Hall Problem and the Contractor?

3. How does Mamet describe his youth in his native city in Chapter 9: Chicago?

4. How does Mamet describe the paradox of liberal thought in Chapter 1: The Political Impulse?

5. How does Mamet relate liberalism, big government and nature in Chapter 18: The Noble Savage?

6. What question did Milton Friedman ask, according to Mamet in Chapter 10: Milton Friedman Explained? Where does Mamet believe government should and should not intervene?

7. What criticism of the Left does Mamet voice in Chapter 7: Choice?

8. How does Mamet describe Homeland Security in Chapter 20: Cabinet Spiritualism and the Car Czar?

9. How does Mamet relate Obama's campaign to the musical "The Music Man" in Chapter 6: "The Music Man"?

10. What does Mamet assert the liberal viewpoint does to human creativity in Chapter 13: Maxwell Street?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Describe the book "Lost Horizon" and the correlation between the protagonist and liberal youth today. Why does Mamet compare the two?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss Mamet's views on feminism. What critics have accused Mamet of misogyny? Were they justified? Why or why not?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss Mamet's criticism of the Liberal Arts education in America. How does Mamet serve these institutions? Do you agree with Mamet's observations? Why or why not?

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