Communications and Culture Quiz

Quiz includng key A2 concepts and themes such as feminism, postcolonialism, postmodernism, Marxism, market liberalism, objects of desire and fictions.

1. Which of these is the correct definition of 'bricolage'

  • The idea that the author's original intentions are irrelevant. The only thing that matters is how the audience interprets the text themselves. "A text is a tissue of quotations... Drawn from inumerable centres of culture."
  • Comes from the collapse of cultural value. It's the recycling of old, historical ideas, language and products to often create a new, sometimes subversive, meaning and context.
  • The belief that Western society rejects metanarratives because we have become obssessed with knowledge at the base of all truth.
  • The idea that some texts can be superficial. They are based more on appearance rather than meaning.
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2. What is the correct definition of 'narrative'?

  • Concerned with how we understand the world.
  • How meanings are structured as stories.
  • The underlying 'voice' of a text interpretted by the author.
  • The way in which a text positions the reader.

3. Which of these theories belongs to Naomi Wolf?

  • The Male Gaze: Involved the example of Bond films. Argued that the passive, sexualised and objectified representation of women ecouraged both men and women to look at women as passive, sexual objects.
  • The Queer Theory: Rejects the idea that sex is biological and attacks the binary opposites of men/women gay/straight. Identity is fluid and dynamic.
  • The Beauty Myth: The media attacks women's bodies by representing impossible idea selves to aspire towards.
  • The Female Eunuch: Claimed that women are not 'free' in society, but were oppressed and exploited both consciously and unconsciously by men.

4. Complete the postmodernist statement: 'Modern culture is so _____ and _____.'

  • Meaningless and Meaningful
  • Competative and Greedy
  • Fragmented and Diverse
  • Technological and Contemporary

5. Which one of these is a postcolonialist concept?

  • Suffragettes
  • Heterogeneity
  • Tolkenism
  • Implosion


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