Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Tom Wolfe's The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby: Essay Question, test 2

Larry Mendelsohn of demolition derby fame

a young George Barris

An early photo of Junior Johnson
Hi folks -- test 2 in my HST 344 class is Friday, and here is the essay question I am using this time around, drawing from Wolfe's book. Three great essays in this book about car culture: one on the demolition derby, and other on George Barris, and my favorite, on Junior Johnson and NASCAR. You have to pick up this under-appreciated book and read these chapter essays!

II Essay Question (60 pts.). Answer the following with a well-organized and written essay, making sure to include both an introduction and a conclusion. Be as factual and detailed as possible as you harness factual evidence in support of your work.

Tom Wolfe’s The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine Flake Streamline Baby provides the reader with a unique view into America of the early 1960s, including American Car Culture. Drawing on material from the following chapters --- 2 (“Clean Fun at Riverhead”); 6 (“The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby”); 8(“The Last American Hero”) and 21(“Why Doormen Hate /Volkswagens”), discuss American popular culture and the love affair with the automobile during that era. What values are expressed in this culture, and what does this say about Americans of that era?

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