Project #21567 - Quiz 1 & 2

Quiz 1


1 Match the following characteristics with the correct hero (from Ray's "The Thematic Paradigm").


"teacher, lawyer, politician, farmer or family man"                    The official Hero or The outlaw Hero

"adventurer, explorer, gunfighter, wanderer, and loner"    The official Hero or The outlaw Hero     


belief in "self-determination and freedom from entanglements"    The official Hero or The outlaw Hero


"belief in collective action"    The official Hero or The outlaw Hero


childish, immature, and likely to "postpone responsibilities"     The official Hero or The outlaw Hero


wise and adult-like,with "sound reasoning and judgment"       The official Hero or The outlaw Hero


"worldly"                                 The official Hero or The outlaw Hero


distrustful of women and marriage.    The official Hero or The outlaw Hero


ambivalent about law and politics    The official Hero or The outlaw Hero


"private standards of right and wrong"   The official Hero or The outlaw Hero



2 According to Ray, the extreme version of the outlaw hero manifests itself in what characteristic?





rashness or hastiness


3 According to Ray, the extreme version of the official hero manifests itself in what characteristic?









4 True or False: the outlaw hero is typically the film's villain.




5 According to Ray, how do Hollywood films solve for the differences between the outlaw hero and the official hero?


A gunfight that forces audiences to identify with one hero or the other.

A pattern of reconciliation that merges the outlaw hero's and official hero's traits.


A legal battle that typically exalts the official hero.

A fistfight that typically exalts the outlaw hero.


A woman in danger who brings the two men together to save her life.

6 True or False: Ray believes that Americans tend to prefer the official hero to the outlaw hero.




7 Which of the following best describes Seger's explanation of the term "myth" in her article, "Creating the Myth."

A myth is any popular story found to be untrue.

A myth is a fantasy or make-believe story, predominantly a fairy tale or other ancient story (such as those told by the Greeks).


A myth is a story about the world's creation or how a feature of the world became the way it is (example: why the sky is blue).

A myth is a common story based on universal themes about existence.


A myth is any story that has become the basis for legend.


8 Which of the following is NOT a step in "The Hero Myth" Seger describes.

A catalyst sets the hero into motion.

The hero is often reluctant


The hero receives help

The hero initially rejects help upon first being offered it.


The hero overcomes the enemy

The hero changes into someone extraordinary


The hero hits rock bottom

The hero is reintegrated into society


9 According to Seger, what is the universal experience of healing myths?


The desire to cure disease and end hunger

The desire for balance and rejuventation


The desire for eternal life

The desire to help others


The desire to fix our souls


10 Seger defines "combination myths" as blending several different myths into one storyline.  What film examples does she give to support her discussion (select all that apply below)?  (more than one answer) (2 pts)

Ghostbusters combines a hero story and the myth of Pandora's Box

Star Wars combines a hero's journey with a Western.


Tootsie combines the transformation themes of the hero myth with Shakespearean storytelling. 

The Wizard of Oz combines the hero's journey with the trickster myth. 


Rambo combines the healing myth with the transformation themes of the hero myth. 



11 Match the archetype with its definition

Those "who give advice to help the hero."

Those with "intuition", "superior knowledge" and "nurturing qualities"

The hero's opposite who helps or hinders the hero's journey.

The chaos-causing mischievous figure


Choose ( The animal archetype, The comic relief, The good mother, The hooker with a heart of gold, The shadow figure, The trickster,  The villain, The wise old man)

12 According to Bob Samuels, author of "Inception as Deception," what is "one of the biggest illusions sold in popular culture"? ( more than one answer)

The illusion of individual control.

The illusion of a class-less democracy.


The illusion of a color-blind society.

The illusion of justice and liberty.


The illusion of truth.


13 What does Samuels argue is the central danger of the new media? (more than one answer)

The content is corrupt and appeals to the lowest common denominator.

The content doesn't enlighten or educate; in fact it challenges these values.


The content kills our ability to distinguish between fundamental oppositions.

The content isn't truthful or real.


14 How, according to Samuels, does media achieve its control over us? 

Saturation: a constant and replicating media presence

Illusion: a constant state of fantasy


Desire: a constant state of gratification

Dream: a shared illusion or virtual reality.


15 What is the irony, per Samuels, of Inception's critique of modern life? 

"The film stresses that people will defend against viral ideas"

"As we are shown the destructive results of living in a fantasy world, we are watching a fantasy."


"Inception plays on the idea of a shared dream, which we can read as another metaphor for film itself."

"Virtual reality is something that is both real and fake at the same time."

16 Besides Inception, what other film does Samuels reference to discuss today's "media attacking the media" and the role of popular culture as "replicating and circulating...implanted ideas" ?


Shutter Island


The Matrix



12 Monkeys

Donnie Darko


All of the above

Quiz 2

This quiz covers the following readings from SOL and CCR:  “Video Dreams: Television and Cultural Forms” (271-286), “Why We Love TV’s Anti-heroes” (318-321), “Guiding Lights: How Soap Operas Can Save The World” (349-356), and “The Social Networks” (355-358).

1 In "Guiding Lights: How Soap Operas Can Save the World," author Drake Bennett argues that American soap operas are terrible for people, but soap operas or "telenovelas" in others countries have had a positive impact.



2 In "Guiding Lights: How Soap Operas Could Save the World,"  which of the following statements best represents author Drake Bennett's thesis statement? 

"Intrigued and buoyed by findings like these, researchers and public health and international aid organizations are looking at how to design soaps that might more effectively spread information and change attitudes about everything from tribal tensions to HIV to petty corruption."

"Soaps, it turns out, are shaping behavior in ways that are subtle, profound and, from the standpoint of global development experts, positive."


"The possibility, therefore, that people might be modeling themselves after characters on soaps might seem both farfetched and frightening."

"Different audiences have different demands, of course, but the reason soaps ”work” — the reason they become so entwined in people’s lives — isn’t because they promise self-improvement, but something like its opposite."

3 According to Bennett, which of the following changes have been correlated with soap opera watching? Select all that apply. ( 4pts)  (this quiz is 25 pts total)

An increase in rights given to women with regards to finances, education and autonomy

An increase in ethnic tensions and corruption


An increase in HIV/AIDS

a decrease in the fertility rate


An increase in the belief that intergroup marriage is more acceptable

A decrease in education


An increase in the divorce rate among viewers

4 In Brazil,  soccer matches are scheduled so they do not conflict with prime-time novelas.





5 In "The Social Networks,"  author Neal Gabler paraphrases Robert Putman regarding the reasons for the  "increasing atomization in American life."  What are these reasons?

(more than one answer) (2 pts)

Women entering the workforce full-time

Metropolitan sprawl



Economic anxiety & pressure


Decreased size of family units (less children = less family members)

Spending less time with friends


Watching television

6 Why is it ironic that "friendship is now the basic theme of television" ?

People have less friends and confidants than 20 years ago

People watch more television today


People watch less television today than ever before

People have more friends on Facebook than in real life


7 What criticism does Neal Gabler have of television's portrayal of friendship?

He doesn't actually state what is wrong.

These friendships are unrealistic; they are always together and rarely have conflicts.


These friendships are phony and churlish; they aren't based on growth and experiences like real friendships are.

These friendships are immature and not supportive; they encourage bad behavior.

8 What, according to Gabler, is "friendship lite" ?

Glee's (television show's) friendships

Television friendships


Facebook friendships

Today's friendships






9 Which of the following is NOT a reason that Garrett suggests might be the cause of the rise of anti-hero characters on television.


A rise in reality television and its morally bankrupt protagonists

A corporate world that seems ruthless



A modern world with unclear enemies

A lack of confidence in democratic leaders and processes


10 Which of the following characters are example of today's television anti-heroes (select all that apply), that Stephen Garrett uses as examples in his article "Why We Love TV's Anti-Heroes"

(more than one answer) (3 pts)

Jackie Peyton (Edie Falco) on Nurse Jackie

Don Draper (John Hamm) on Mad Men


Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) on The Sopranos

Dr. Doug Ross (George Clooney) on  ER


Gene Hunt (Phillip Glenister) on Life on Mars

Josiah Bartlett (Martin Sheen) on The West Wing


Vic Mackey (Michael Chiklis) on The Shield

Dr Cristina Yang (Sandra Oh) on Grey's Anatomy


Patty Hewes (Glenn Close) on Damages


11 Garrett argues that comedy television shows like The Office and Curb Your Enthusiasm also feature the anti-hero archetype. 



12 True or False:  Garrett sees a time when classic heroes will return to television screens.









13 Which of the following is NOT a trend/topic that Maasik and Solomon discuss in their article, "Video Dreams:  Television and Cultural Forms." 

Children's Programming

Cable Channels


Television Commercials

Characters with Extreme Lifestyles


Populist Television Shows

Reality Programming


Infortainment and Comedy News Programs

Dramedy (Comedy + Drama) programs

14 Maasik and Solomon offer close readings (extended discussion as examples) of which two television shows for evidence and analysis of today's television? ( more than one answer) (2pts)

The Sopranos

The Colbert Report


Who Wants to Marry a Millionaire?



Desperate Housewives

Breaking Bad


Mad Men


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