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Multiple Choice Questions

1. Why is Rosey Grier not allowed to deal with Rubin's harassment on the train?
(a) It created sympathetic press for Muskie.
(b) Rubin was protected by another journalist.
(c) The other passengers threw him off the train.
(d) It would not look good for him to rough up the journalists.

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

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

4. At the end of "June," why does Thompson compare the journalists to a particularly notorious group?
(a) Their similar drug use.
(b) Their similar self-righteousness.
(c) Their similar anger.
(d) Their similar boredom.

5. For whom does Thompson harbor a strange affection?
(a) Nixon.
(b) McCarthy.
(c) Muskie.
(d) Wallace.

6. When covering political stories, how does Thompson generally feel around large groups of unconnected people who cannot mix well?
(a) Happy.
(b) Awkward.
(c) Claustrophobic.
(d) At ease.

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

8. In Thompson's estimation, in "Dark Interlude," what is the real problem with political conflicts?
(a) The politicians refuse to rebalance the power structure within the campaign.
(b) The politicians are not honest with each other.
(c) The politicians cannot have any weaknesses in front of the public.
(d) The politicians are not allowed any secrets.

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

10. In what state does Thompson frequently find himself during social settings involving politicians and journalists?
(a) Hungover.
(b) Outcast.
(c) Nervous.
(d) Jet-lagged.

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

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

13. In "May," what complaint do Thompson and other journalists have on the campaign trail?
(a) Stifling hotel rooms.
(b) Poor travel accomodations.
(c) Boredom.
(d) Censorship.

14. For what is Jerry Rubin known?
(a) As a Yippie activist.
(b) For Communism.
(c) For furthering the knowledge of drugs with Timothy Leary.
(d) For attempting to levitate the Pentagon.

15. Whom does Thompson describe as being less of a hand-shaker and more of an actor with his constituents?
(a) George Wallace.
(b) George McGovern.
(c) Ted Kennedy.
(d) Edmund Muskie.

Short Answer Questions

1. From "January, February, into March," what is the core conflict between Thompson and the politicians?

2. In what city was Bobby Kennedy assassinated?

3. What is particularly colorful about the letter exchange in "July?"

4. During "January," what does Thompson say was inappropriate during the previous social setting?

5. Besides alcohol, what drug does Thompson readily admit to using regularly?

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