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. U.S. military involvement in the Vietnam War ended in what year?

2. What does Mamet define as the practice of indicting and assaulting others for their opinions or for sometimes just stating the truth in Chapter 24: Arrested Development?

3. The main effects of the decision in Dred Scott v. Sandford in history were the rise of the Republican Party over what party?

4. Mamet describes being criticized for being a misogynist by a female critic for what play in Chapter 26: Feminism?

5. In Chapter 23: Greed, Mamet claims that in the liberal view, those who take more than their "fair share" should be what?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does Mamet relate demagoguery to the Obama campaign in Chapter 33: Self-Evident Truth?

4. How has opinion changed regarding the Jewish people, according to Mamet in Chapter 28: Some Personal History?

5. How does Mamet describe his Christian experiences at Kamp Kwaga in Chapter 25: Oakton Manor and Camp Kawaga?

6. What does Mamet assert to be the reason for America's success in Chapter 39: The Secret Knowledge? What threatens that success to Mamet?

7. What is the outcome when the government intervenes on the side of the street sweeper according to Mamet in Chapter 32: The Street Sweeper and the Surgeon, or Marxism Examined?

8. How does Mamet describe the internal sources of America's destruction in Chapter 22: My Father, Al Sharpton, and the Designated Criminal? What external sources does he describe?

9. What does Mamet write about the 2008 housing collapse in Chapter 23: Greed?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the Car Czar, Cabinet Spiritualists and Homeland Security. How does Mamet equate Homeland Security with big government? What president established Homeland Security?

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 the theories of Milton Friedman and their impact on the ideas of David Mamet. How does Milton Friedman view free enterprise?

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