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1. Read Douglas Todd’s “Beware the Boredom Boom” (distributed in class). Identify the causes
and the effects, according to Todd, of “the modern-day ‘menace’ of boredom.
2. Todd points out that some scholars and psychologists view boredom as “one of the
major diseases of our era.” If boredom is a disease, what cures would you propose? Write an
essay explaining three cures for boredom. Link each cure to one of the causes of boredom that
x the “frustration” that arises “when our curiosity is stifled [and] our inner energy cannot
be expressed” (p.505, paragraph 30);
x “deadened anger, or resentment … [that is] really anger at ourselves” (p. 505,
x “overstimulation” (p. 506, paragraph 47);
x “being overchallenged” (p. 507, paragraph 64).
3. Using whichever method(s) you find most productive, brainstorm to gather ideas about the
topic you have chosen. Then compare your ideas about boredom to the ideas Todd presents
in “Beware the Boredom Boom.” Identify similarities and differences in your views.
4. Using the outline template provided, organize your ideas into a point form plan for your essay.
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Note: Bring this exam overview, your copy of the article and your point form outline to the exam.
During class time, compose a 5-paragraph essay (approximately 750 words) about the topic you
In your essay, you must use at least two ideas from the article to develop and/or support your
discussion. You may quote or paraphrase the ideas you borrow from the article, and you must
document your source in APA format. Please include both in-text and full references.
You are not required or expected to do any further research for this essay.
x Please double-space your essay (write on every other line).
x You may use a paper dictionary and a thesaurus. The use of electronic devices
(including electronic dictionaries) during exams is not permitted.
x Proofread your work carefully before submitting it.