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TOEFL listening: Why does the professor mention Mona Lisa?

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1). What aspect of kitsch does the professor mainly discuss?
(A) Its history
(B) Its production
(C) Its meaning
(D) Its appeal

2). Why does the professor mention Mona Lisa?
(A) To make a point about Leonardo da Vinci
(B) To help form a definition of modern art
(C) To exemplify a popular form of kitsch
(D) To refute its reputation as a masterpiece

3). According to the professor, where did the term kitsch originate?
(A) In modern Las Vegas
(B) In 19th Century Munich
(C) In 1930s Russia
(D) In 20th century England

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4). What does the professor mean when he says this: quote-unquote regular people.
(A) He does not necessarily agree with the definition of regular people.
(B) He disagrees that regular people have discriminating tastes.
(C) He questions the hypothesis that kitsch represents bad taste.
(D) He believes kitsch appeals mostly to upper-class art purists.

5). According to the lecture, what is NOT true of Kitsch?
(A) It is predominate in Las Vegas architecture.
(B) It s synonymous with "slapped together".
(C) It has been compared to a Marxist term.
(D) It is used primarily a compliment.

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6). What can be inferred about the student when he says this: But can''t kitschy also mean something good, that''s, um, in style? Like I thought something nostalgic or retrograde could also be called kitsch.
(A) He does not respect the professor''s opinion.
(B) He is familiar with the concept of kitsch.
(C) He misunderstood the professor''s main point.
(D) He is probably majoring in art history.

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