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Multiple Choice Questions

1. What is unusual about Thompson's description of himself in the Introduction?
(a) It is not flattering.
(b) He is describing someone else.
(c) He says he refuses to describe himself, but actually does.
(d) It is extremely flattering.

2. When Thompson reaches his destination in "January, February, into March," how do his disrespectful peers treat him?
(a) They embarrass him.
(b) They all clamor for his autograph.
(c) They look down on him.
(d) They are happy to see him.

3. What is significant about the residents of the retirement home the candidates visit in "May?"
(a) They are wealthy.
(b) They are all connected to powerful families in Washington, D.C.
(c) They are all women.
(d) They are of all different ethnicities.

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

5. With whom does Thompson compare the journalists at the end of "June?"
(a) Hell's Angels.
(b) The American military.
(c) The Yippies.
(d) The Viet Cong.

6. In the meeting at the ballroom, what does Thompson hypothesize as being Wallace's goal?
(a) Moving voters to another candidate.
(b) Targeting voters.
(c) Dividing voters.
(d) Introducing radical new ideas with traditional promises.

7. 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.

8. What does Thompson posit as being the source of his toenail anxiety?
(a) Hashish.
(b) Whiskey.
(c) Marijuana.
(d) Cocaine.

9. Who does Rubin claim will march down to the Convention Center in July?
(a) One hundred Yippie activists.
(b) Timothy Leary.
(c) Ten thousand naked hippies.
(d) Every hippie celebrity in the country.

10. When Thompson hears a specific sound during the May primary, which group does he claim this sound would particularly distress?
(a) Middle America.
(b) Politicians.
(c) Hippies.
(d) American troops.

11. Why does the author posit that politicians dismiss a certain type of vote in "January"?
(a) Their votes do not actually count.
(b) The vote will be as divided as the previous generation's vote.
(c) The members of that group usually vote for the least likely candidate.
(d) Very few members of that group will actually vote.

12. According to his anecdotes in "January, February, into March," why is Thompson never be able to fit in with the upper classes?
(a) He is proud of being able to work every day.
(b) He is too cynical for them.
(c) He does not enjoy wearing nicer clothes.
(d) He cannot grovel for affection.

13. During "January," what does Thompson say was inappropriate during the previous social setting?
(a) The date of the event.
(b) Whether to bring a date or not.
(c) His clothing.
(d) The socialites who would be present.

14. Despite, or perhaps, because of Thompson's own preferences, what in his writing identifies him as a trustworthy source of information and editorials?
(a) Respect for everyone.
(b) Objectivity.
(c) Clean living.
(d) Morality.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Thompson, what group was responsible for settling the South?

2. Which Kennedy does the Democratic party consider nominating?

3. In "January, February, into March," what is the reason Thompson makes several people angry with him?

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

5. Fill in the blank: Journalists can only view ______ as being either worthy of respect or derision.

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