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Multiple Choice Questions

1. According to Thompson's anecdote, in "February & March," where does McCarthy go to gain favor with the working class?
(a) A university.
(b) A slaughterhouse.
(c) A retirement community.
(d) A factory.

2. What writer's problem does Thompson discuss in "June"?
(a) Re-using one's work over and over.
(b) Repetition in subject matter.
(c) Writer's block.
(d) Censorship.

3. Why is it necessary for the politicians have so many meet-and-greets to shake hands with many different workers?
(a) It makes the politicians more personable to the average American.
(b) It is merely a formality from the 1800s.
(c) It is necessary for the campaign workers to poll the constituents.
(d) It is important that politicians visit their hometowns in this manner.

4. In "June," what is significant about drug use among the journalists?
(a) It is becoming more open.
(b) It is highly secretive.
(c) It is blatant and frequent.
(d) It is non-existent.

5. What position does Thompson assign politicians, in his analogy of the American political campaign?
(a) The rook.
(b) Batter.
(c) Tight ends.
(d) Goalie.

6. What does Thompson believe is the source of the journalists' most common writing problem?
(a) The writers are getting lazy.
(b) The writers are becoming too reliant on sensationalistic headlines.
(c) The writers are allowing their work to be dictated by others.
(d) The writers have nothing to write about.

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

8. How does Thompson describe the Washington D.C. journalists in "January?"
(a) They dress in a vintage style.
(b) They dress all in black.
(c) They dress in denim.
(d) They dress like bank tellers.

9. How does Thompson prefer to do his work?
(a) In the shower.
(b) Easily and slowly.
(c) With heavy deadlines.
(d) With a collaborator.

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

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

12. Which demographic does the Democratic party worry about reaching if they do not have a Kennedy?
(a) Asian.
(b) Hispanic.
(c) African Americans.
(d) Irish.

13. According to Thompson, how much time do the candidates devote to meeting constituents?
(a) Eighteen hours a day, for a year and a half.
(b) Twelve hours a day, for a year.
(c) Eight hours a day, for two years.
(d) Ten hours a day, for fourteen months.

14. What does Thompson openly acknowledge about his work in "February & March?"
(a) His demograph is not exactly widespread.
(b) His lack of insight.
(c) His own biases.
(d) His lack of skill.

15. Besides the factory, where else do the candidates go to visit and meet with workers?
(a) A slaughterhouse.
(b) A hospital.
(c) An automotive shop.
(d) A library.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. After learning the mechanics of the campaign trail, how does Thompson find his travels?

3. With which group does George Wallace apparently have the most affinity?

4. What journalistic term does Thompson use to describe Wallace's speeches in "July?"

5. Why is Rosey Grier not allowed to deal with Rubin's harassment on the train?

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