The Secret Knowledge: On the Dismantling of American Culture 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. Mamet writes in Chapter 29: The Family, that the family is the single-most important unit for transmitting what?

2. What location does Mamet describe as similar to the Catskills and was a playground for adult Jews who were restricted from other hotels and resorts?

3. When was Al Sharpton born?

4. Mamet writes that he did not serve in the military for what reason in Chapter 37: Late Revelations?

5. To what office was Sarah Palin elected in 1992?

Short Essay Questions

1. How are the Ashkenazi Jews described in Chapter 27: The Ashkenazis? How did Mamet's grandparents succeed in America?

2. What does Mamet claim about war, diplomacy and choice in Chapter 36: Bumper Stickers?

3. How does Mamet relate the government to a sports referee in Chapter 30: Naturally Evolved Institutions?

4. How is Saul Alinsky described in Chapter 37: Late Revelations? What criticism does Mamet have for community organization?

5. How did David Mamet's political beliefs evolve throughout his life?

6. What led to the diminishing of conservative Judaism in Mamet's family, as described in Chapter 27: The Ashkenazis?

7. What metaphor does Mamet cite for liberal perspectives in Chapter 35: The Small Refrigerator?

8. What importance does Mamet lay on the foundation of family in Chapter 29: The Family?

9. What does Mamet write about his own military experience in Chapter 37: Late Revelations?

10. How does Mamet relate the metaphor of the street sweeper to Marxism in Chapter 32: The Street Sweeper and the Surgeon, or Marxism Examined?

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

Describe the private and public sectors and the evolution of American politics, governmental control and finance. How has the government's role changed in the financial world in the past 100 years?

Essay Topic 3

Describe and discuss the work of Franklin D. Roosevelt. How does Mamet equate Roosevelt's successes as the successes of big government?

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