Fear and Loathing: On the Campaign Trail '72 Test | Mid-Book Test - Easy

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Multiple Choice Questions

1. During the May primary, how does Thompson describe a politician hearing a particular sound?
(a) A cat being cornered by a dog.
(b) A vulture picking at carrion.
(c) A werewolf killing one's guard dog.
(d) A fox getting caught in a trap.

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. How does Thompson assist a group of people in "January, February, into March" who informed him of their collective hatred for politicians?
(a) Changing their oil.
(b) Flagging down a ride.
(c) Reconstructing the motor.
(d) Getting their car on the road.

9. What is one of the reasons Thompson is so famous?
(a) He has a rebellious image, though everyone tolerates him.
(b) Thompson single-handedly calls out an entire governmental branch on their corruption.
(c) Thompson wins the Pulitzer.
(d) Thompson marries into a famous family.

10. According to Thompson, what group was responsible for settling the South?
(a) Italians.
(b) Criminals.
(c) African-Americans.
(d) The wealthy.

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

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

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

14. Why is Thompson concerned about his toenails?
(a) They are flaking away.
(b) They are not growing.
(c) They are growing in a different color.
(d) They are growing too quickly.

15. To what does Thompson compare the writer's problem he discusses in "June?"
(a) Removing the tongue.
(b) A skin graft.
(c) Blindness.
(d) Deafness.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does the author posit that politicians dismiss a certain type of vote in "January"?

2. How is Thompson affected when a politician he politically respects suffers through a difficult event?

3. What is Hunter S. Thompson's occupation?

4. For whom does Thompson harbor a strange affection?

5. In this book, what is used to separate groups of paragraphs?

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