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Jia Tolentino
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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. Tolentino asserts that the internet tends to minimize the need for what type of action?
(a) Impulsive.
(b) Physical.
(c) Efficient.
(d) Meaningful.

2. Which cast member revealed to Tolentino that they were gay but closeted at the time of filming?
(a) Rachel.
(b) Cory.
(c) Paris.
(d) Demian.

3. What celestial body does Tolentino use in a metaphorical description of America within the introduction?
(a) Black hole.
(b) Galaxy.
(c) Supernova.
(d) Mars.

4. Tolentino laments in "The I in Internet" the way in which womanhood can so often "feel like a story of loss of" (28) what?
(a) Confidence.
(b) Hope.
(c) Control.
(d) Identity.

5. In which year was Tolentino a cast member on the show Boys Vs. Girls?
(a) 2003.
(b) 1999.
(c) 2002.
(d) 2005.

Short Answer Questions

1. On what channel did Boys Vs. Girls appear, according to Tolentino?

2. Tolentino states that the majority of women consider themselves to be what kind of thinkers?

3. Tolentino says that which two decades of the internet's existence were marked by gatherings of people in open forums?

4. Which disease did Tolentino contract during her stint in the Peace Corps?

5. How many weeks did Tolentino and the rest of the cast spend on the island?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the main setting featured within the essay entitled "Reality TV Me"?

2. How does Tolentino contrast her real feelings about taking part in Girls vs. Boys: Puerto Rico with the impression she gave her family?

3. How does Tolentino characterize her adolescent self and for what purpose?

4. Name a piece of evidence Tolentino uses to support her claims about the misogynistic qualities of the now-defunct online community called 4Chan.

5. What does Tolentino mean when she states that "the ideal woman is always optimizing" (63)?

6. What is Tolentino's ultimate conclusion about the future of the internet and why?

7. What symbolism does Tolentino highlight within an Instagram profile in the essay "Always Be Optimizing"?

8. In what way is Tolentino uniquely positioned to assess the trajectory of the internet, as she does in the essay "The I in Internet"?

9. What end product does Tolentino name as the consistent result of trying to become better at being a woman or "of learning to get better at life under accelerated capitalism" (65)?

10. What does the bioluminescent bay symbolize in the essay entitled "Reality TV Me"?

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