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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. Who starred in Casablanca?
(a) James Dean.
(b) Marvin Sales.
(c) Humphrey Bogart.
(d) Burt Lancaster.

2. Eco suggests that the worst thing to have ever happened to St. Thomas Aquinas was what?
(a) The death of his father.
(b) Being named a saint.
(c) Being born.
(d) Having a naked girl in his room.

3. Eco suggests that in order to achieve cult status a movie "must provide a completely _____ world so that its fans can quote characters as if they were aspects of the fan's private sectarian world...".
(a) Detailed.
(b) Furnished.
(c) Imaginary.
(d) Realistic.

4. According to Eco, spectator sports are "morally superior" to war because they only involve what?
(a) Willing participants.
(b) Strategic coaching.
(c) Paid athletes.
(d) Teamwork.

5. What type of medium focuses on low definition so that the received must fill in gaps on their own?
(a) Cool medium.
(b) Dry medium.
(c) Wet medium.
(d) Hot medium.

Short Answer Questions

1. In "Sports Chatter" Eco remarks that it would be easier to have a protest in what than a football field?

2. Eco suggests that sports is a form of what that serves to distract and create wasteful talk with no actual purpose or value?

3. What refers to something such as an particular mark that represents some piece of information?

4. When was St. Thomas Aquinas born?

5. Eco suggests that sports have a definitive healthy purpose, among them what?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Eco maintain sports exist today primarily? How are sports like wax museums?

2. What books and authors does Eco cite in "Cogito Interruptus"? What conclusion does he come to of their theories?

3. What is Eco's principle statement in "Lady Barbara" and "Lumbar Support"?

4. How does Eco relate sports to culture and entertainment in "Sports Chatter"?

5. How and from whom did St. Thomas unlock the secrets of reason, according to Eco?

6. How are spectator sports like war, according to Eco? How are they superior?

7. What experience does Eco describe in "Lady Barbara"?

8. Whose lecture does Eco discuss in "Language, Power, Force"? Why?

9. What incident does Eco describe in "A Photograph"? What questions does this bring up?

10. What argument does Eco put forth in "The Comic and the Rule"?

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