Trick Mirror Test | Final 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. In what year was the disastrous Fyre Festival held?

2. What is the first of the several major events discussed within the essay "The Story of a Generation of Seven Scams"?

3. While Tolentino was still in college, Liz Seccuro brought charges against a group of men she accused of committing what crime?

4. Tolentino comments on Erdely's mistakes by stating that which kind of intentions "often produce blind spots" (208)?

5. What is the name of Liz Seccuro's memoir about her experiences of surviving rape during her college years?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe an instance in "We Come from Old Virginia" when Tolentino depicts her younger self as a product of a patriarchal society.

2. What underlying reasons does Tolentino point to when she discusses scam culture and its takeover of the online landscape?

3. Who is Esther Greenwood?

4. Analyze Tolentino's reason for using an allusion to Ulysses in the essay entitled "Pure Heroines."

5. What distinction does Tolentino make between the depiction of trauma in children's literature and the depiction of trauma in adult literature?

6. How and why does Tolentino bring in the work of Simone de Beauvoir in the essay entitled "Pure Heroines"?

7. What is the main claim being made within the essay entitled "Pure Heroines" and how do you know?

8. What dark side does Tolentino discuss in relation to effervescent and young female characters in fiction?

9. Explain how Tolentino contrasts her journalism skills in 2011 with her journalism skills in 2020.

10. What does Tolentino mean when she asserts that Mark Zuckerberg "controls a nation-state" (169)?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is Tolentino's message about the relationship between privilege and delusion within the collection of essays entitled Trick Mirror?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss Tolentino’s decision to include colloquialisms, slang, and profane language within the text. What purpose did Tolentino have in mind when including these elements and how does the inclusion of these instances support the overarching themes and messages of the text?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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