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Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. 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.

3. 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 cannot have any weaknesses in front of the public.
(c) The politicians are not allowed any secrets.
(d) The politicians are not honest with each other.

4. For what reason does Senator McCarthy visit the factory workers in "May?"
(a) To visit where his father used to work there.
(b) To make sure they are being given proper benefits.
(c) To see a factory local to his hometown.
(d) To shake their hands.

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

6. 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.

7. With which party in Florida does Rubin claim to be registered?
(a) Independent.
(b) Republican.
(c) Green Party.
(d) Democrat.

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

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

10. How is Thompson affected when a politician he politically respects suffers through a difficult event?
(a) He is concerned of the effects it will have on the campaign.
(b) He laughs about it.
(c) He is angry.
(d) He can barely speak of it without tears.

11. At the time of this book, who employed Thompson?
(a) Rolling Stone.
(b) New York Times.
(c) Washington Post.
(d) Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

12. 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.

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

14. 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.

15. 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.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. In the beginning of "May," at which primary is Thompson present?

3. What writer's problem does Thompson discuss in "June"?

4. Despite, or perhaps, because of Thompson's own preferences, what in his writing identifies him as a trustworthy source of information and editorials?

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

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