Trick Mirror Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

Jia Tolentino
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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. What was NOT an element about which Tolentino was excited when her family got a new computer during spring break?

2. In which publication did a writer first use the chopped salad as a metaphor for the frenetic pace of life?

3. Jess performed what role within the reality television series Boys Vs. Girls?

4. How old was Tolentino when she joined the Peace Corps?

5. Which insect does Tolentino use to characterize early users of the internet?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How many essays are contained within Trick Mirror and around what theme do they all revolve?

5. What is the symbolism of the exclamation points Tolentino uses within the essay entitled "The I in Internet"?

6. 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)?

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

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

9. How does Tolentino describe the connection between each essay's topic and her own life?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What message is Tolentino sending regarding the source of human flaws and unhappiness?

Essay Topic 2

How does Tolentino employ the use or rejection of fallacy within Trick Mirror and how does the inclusion of fallacy help Tolentino to prove particular points made within the text?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss Tolentino's messages about motherhood and wifedom within the text Trick Mirror.

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