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Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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) Clean living.
(c) Objectivity.
(d) Respect for everyone.

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

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

4. From "January, February, into March," what is the core conflict between Thompson and the politicians?
(a) Legalization of marijuana.
(b) Vietnam War.
(c) Kent State.
(d) Class issues.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

13. With which group does George Wallace apparently have the most affinity?
(a) The students.
(b) The factory workers.
(c) The middle-classes.
(d) The rich businessmen.

14. What catches Thompson's attention at the primary in early May?
(a) Fifty typewriters being used at once.
(b) A news report.
(c) A fax machine.
(d) A song.

15. According to Thompson, because of their origins, who do Southerners respect?
(a) Leaders from the Civil Rights movement.
(b) Accomplished con men.
(c) Worldly people.
(d) Self-made businessmen.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Which Kennedy does the Democratic party consider nominating?

3. At the end of "June," why does Thompson compare the journalists to a particularly notorious group?

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

5. To what does Thompson compare the writer's problem he discusses in "June?"

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