American Movies & TV Series Stereotypes

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Based on the text "Creating or Magnifying Stereotypes" on pages 24 and 25 from the MYP 4 book, and on general knowledge of well-known American movies and TV series, students will become aware of how stereotypical these products of the USA media can be, coveying prejudicial, cultural values. Obs. : You will be prompted to go over the text on your Student's book when the question is followed by the command "Check your book".


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    How much of the European film market is controlled by Hollywood?(Check your book)
    • A. 

      Roughly seventy percent

    • B. 

      Roughly seventy five percent

    • C. 

      Roughly eighty percent

    • D. 

      Roughly eighty five percent

  • 2. 
     During the U.S. government’s “WAR ON TERRORISM”, what does the entertainment offered by the U.S. try to impose on peoples’ thoughts and opinions?(Check your book)
    • A. 

      The idea that terrorism is harmful for humanity.

    • B. 

      The American values of democracy and freedom.

    • C. 

      The bad side of the cultural aspects of the terrorists’ nation.

    • D. 

      None of the answers above are correct.

  • 3. 
    According to the texts, what kind of stereotypes are conveyed by American movies and TV series?(Check your book)
    • A. 

      TEXT 1: Sexism and freedom TEXT 2: Racism and corporate self-centeredness

    • B. 

      TEXT 1: Feminism and terrorrism TEXT 2: Afican-Americans are either criminals, clowns or wealthy athletes

    • C. 

      TEXT 1: Anti-Arabs stereotypes TEXT 2: African-Americans are either criminals, clowns and weathy athletes

    • D. 

      TEXT 1: Anti-Arab stereotypes and African-Americans portrayed as either criminals, clowns and weathy athletes TEXT 2: The absence of images of people of color in American movies

  • 4. 
    What about the values and ideas? Which ones are conveyed by American movies and TV series?(Check your book)
    • A. 

      TEXT 1: Sexism and corporate self-centeredness TEXT 2: The "American values" of "democracy" and "freedom" / The absence of images of people of color in American movies

    • B. 

      TEXT 1: The "American values" of "democracy" and "freedom" / Sexism and corporate self-centeredness TEXT 2: People of color play a secondary role in society

    • C. 

      TEXT 1: Sexism and corporate self-centeredness TEXT 2: People of color play a seconday role and they tend to be in the background

    • D. 

      TEXT 1: Feminism and terrorrism / Anti-Arab stereotypes TEXT 2: The absence of images of people of color in American movies

  • 5. 
    "The U.S. entertainment industry has plenty of other rotten ideas to offer." Consider the TV series Ally McBeal:Ally McBeal was an American television series which ran on the FOX network from 1997 to 2002. The series starred Calista Flockhart in the title role as a young lawyer working in the fictional Boston law firm Cage, Fish and Associates with other young lawyers whose lives and loves were eccentric, humorous and dramatic. Despite its success, Ally McBeal did receive some negative criticism from TV critics and feminists for it conveyed strong values of:
    • A. 

      Racism

    • B. 

      Freedom

    • C. 

      Homosexuality

    • D. 

      Sexism

  • 6. 
    1.     The Mummy is a 1999 American adventure film written and directed by Stephen Sommers and starring Brendan Fraser, and Rachel Weisz, with Arnold Vosloo in the title role as the reanimated mummy. The film features substantial dialogue in ancient Egyptian language, spoken with the assistance of a professional Egyptologist. It is a loose remake of the 1932 film of the same name. USA Today gave the film two out of four stars and felt that it was "not free of stereotypes", as it portrayed:
    • A. 

      Erroneous Egyptian stereotypes

    • B. 

      Anti-Arab stereotypes

    • C. 

      Anti-Blacks stereotypes

    • D. 

      None of the answers above are correct

  • 7. 
    1.     HEROES is about a group of everyday people who wake up to realize that they have special powers, and it conveys…
    • A. 

      Cultural stereotypes, as the values of the regions where the characters are from are erroneously shown.

    • B. 

      Stereotypes of appearance, only.

    • C. 

      Gender stereotypes, as the men with special powers far outweigh the women with powers on the show.

    • D. 

      None of the answers above are correct

  • 8. 
    1.   The TV series Lost, on the other hand, portrays the ________ not as villains, but as heroics, as one of its lead characters, Sayid, possesses a heroic, intelligent and romantic posture.
    • A. 

      Arabs

    • B. 

      Asians

    • C. 

      Native Americans

    • D. 

      African-Americans

  • 9. 
    1.     Which of the following stereotypes from the movie Madagascar is false?
    • A. 

      The lion was a puffy, self-absorbed, huge, golden, white boy.

    • B. 

      The villainy-ridden behavior of the penguins negatively reinforces the real aggressiveness these animals possess.

    • C. 

      The ’’big, black woman’’ - the HIPPO(!) who was always either smoothing out the ruffles in Alex the Lion’s feathers or keeping the Zebra in line. This is a long-standing stereotype of black women in America known as ’’Mamie’’ or ’’Mammy’’

    • D. 

      None of the answers above are correct

  • 10. 
    1.     Clark Kent on Smallville has to be pretty, white, and straight, and being pretty, white, and straight is an oppressive prerequisite for most popular television shows in North America, conveying the exhaustively and inevitably explored stereotype of:
    • A. 

      How important a superhero is in our lives

    • B. 

      What a superhero, and consequently any person in society, should look like

    • C. 

      How people should act to achieve the attributes of a hero

    • D. 

      How irrelevant the appearance is when you are a superhero

  • 11. 
    1.    The movie Twilight reverses a stereotypical formula, present in most of the films, when…
    • A. 

      It shows the female figure as the "aggressor", the one who will put the man and his family in danger, and not the opposite.

    • B. 

      It portrays the vampire as someone who possesses self-control over his instincts

    • C. 

      It depicts the girl as like many adolescents, who “would die” and “do anything” for their love affair, in order to fulfill their fantasies.

    • D. 

      None of the answers are correct

  • 12. 
    Which American television drama series portrays Italians as mobsters? A - B -  C -
    • A. 

      The Sopranos

    • B. 

      The Practice

    • C. 

      The X-Files

    • D. 

      None of the answers above are correct.