1. In Paragraph 5 Barry writes, “The Humvee is as masculine as a vehicle can get without actually growing hair in its wheels.” How does this statement illustrate Barry’s main idea?
2. A winch is a vehicle-mounted crank used for pulling terms. How does Barry’s use of the word in his title function as a spun, or a play on the similar sound of 2 words with very different meanings? How does the pun predict Barry’s point about Humvee’s?
3. What is Barry’s purpose in writing this essay: to persuade readers to purchase a Humvee? To explain why the vehicle is popular? To make fun of his co-worker? to do something else?
4. Barry is relentless in his mockery of men who drive (or want to drive) Humvee’s. Find at least 3 examples of statements that are either obviously untrue or greatly exaggerated. What is the effect of Barry’s use of hyperbole, and how it contributes to his purpose?
5. What is Barry’s principle of analysis, and into what elements does he divide the Humvee? Support the answer with examples from the text.
6. In addition to analysis, Barry employs description and example to illustrate the masculine appearance of Humvee’s , and he uses comparison and contrast to explore the differences in how men and women perceive several of the vehicles features. Locate examples of each of these methods in Barry’s essay. What do they add to his analysis of Humvee’s?
7. What is Barry’s tone? How seriously does he take his subject?