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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What reason does Thompson posit that makes the campaign he is covering particularly difficult for all participants?
(a) The assassinations of the Kennedys.
(b) Vietnam.
(c) McGovern's pro-choice stand.
(d) McGovern's support of legalizing marijuana.

2. Why does Thompson appear to feel relieved and more justified in his habits during "June?"
(a) Mankiewicz shares a joint with Thompson.
(b) Timothy Leary comes to speak to the journalists.
(c) Many members of the press have been experimenting with drugs as well.
(d) McGovern acknowledges his own drug use.

3. Which Kennedy does the Democratic party consider nominating?
(a) Joseph Kennedy.
(b) Ted Kennedy.
(c) Patrick Kennedy.
(d) Bobby Kennedy.

4. What incident (with which he had no involvement) harms Thompson's reputation as a professional?
(a) A motorcycle accident.
(b) The drunken, belligerent behavior of the person who stole his ID.
(c) A drug bust.
(d) Ten thousand naked hippies showing up to protest Nixon.

5. In "January," whose vote is discussed alongside the generational voting habits?
(a) European immigrants.
(b) African Americans.
(c) Asian.
(d) Hispanic.

6. After learning the mechanics of the campaign trail, how does Thompson find his travels?
(a) Exhilerating.
(b) Pleasently routine.
(c) Tiresome.
(d) Calming.

7. How do politicians tend to view journalists, according to Thompson?
(a) Failed politicians.
(b) Worthless.
(c) News-hungry pigs.
(d) Writers who could not sell a novel.

8. In "May," according to research, which way does Thompson say is the best and probably only way to win the campaign?
(a) Promises to withdraw the troops from Vietnam.
(b) Public appearances.
(c) A polished appearance.
(d) Speeches to rile up the younger crowds.

9. What is a trademark of Thompson's writing, as evidenced in "June?"
(a) His interviews with the candidates.
(b) His ability to make connections between disparate events.
(c) His factual accounts.
(d) His frequent references to celebrities.

10. In "April," which position does Thompson initially apply for?
(a) McGovern's campaign director.
(b) The White House Press Corps.
(c) The military.
(d) A speech writer for Nixon.

11. Why does Thompson believe the journalists are turning to drugs?
(a) They are trying to get a better grasp on the younger generation.
(b) They want to experiment while away from their loved ones.
(c) They want to emulate Thompson.
(d) They are not coping well with cabin fever.

12. Despite the opinions politicians hold of the press, which of the following is not a trademark of Hunter S. Thompson (illustrating the man's indifference to what the politicians think of him)?
(a) His unbiased observations.
(b) His frequent hangovers.
(c) His obsessively frantic writing.
(d) His snarky attitude.

13. According to Thompson, who was most notably not a target when Bobby Kennedy was assassinated?
(a) Lyndon Johnson.
(b) George Wallace.
(c) George Meany.
(d) Rosey Grier.

14. In "January, February, into March," what is the reason Thompson makes several people angry with him?
(a) He gets very drunk in front of the President.
(b) He is caught with hashish.
(c) He refuses to remove his hat.
(d) He punches Mankiewicz.

15. To what does Thompson compare an American campaign trail?
(a) A football team.
(b) A baseball team.
(c) A chess game.
(d) A hockey team.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is one of the reasons Thompson is so famous?

2. According to Thompson, because of their origins, who do Southerners respect?

3. In what measurement of time is this book organized?

4. For what reason does Senator McCarthy visit the factory workers in "May?"

5. Throughout "March," which politician does Thompson particularly focus on?

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