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Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

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

5. In Miami, who forces the Senator to keep his speech and interviews short?
(a) George McGovern.
(b) Frank Mankiwiecz.
(c) Peter Sheridan.
(d) Hunter S. Thompson.

6. What reason is Thompson given that attempts to diminish the importance of his employer?
(a) His employer never served in Vietnam.
(b) He works for a music magazine.
(c) His magazine is the lowest-ranked in the country.
(d) His editor is a known communist.

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

8. Throughout "March," which politician does Thompson particularly focus on?
(a) John Lindsay.
(b) George Wallace.
(c) Ted Kennedy.
(d) Edmund Muskie.

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

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

11. 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.

12. 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) Reconstructing the motor.
(c) Flagging down a ride.
(d) Changing their oil.

13. How do politicians tend to view journalists, according to Thompson?
(a) Failed politicians.
(b) Writers who could not sell a novel.
(c) Worthless.
(d) News-hungry pigs.

14. According to Thompson, in "January," who beat Johnson in New Hampshire?
(a) The McCarthy voters.
(b) The Muskie voters.
(c) The Nixon voters.
(d) The Wallace voters.

15. According to Thompson, in "Dark Interludes," what does McGovern do that shows his prowess as a politician?
(a) He publicly supports Eagleton's continuance in the campaign.
(b) He uses Eagleton's medical history against him.
(c) He pardons Eagleton's lies.
(d) He quickly drops Eagleton from the ticket.

Short Answer Questions

1. When covering political stories, how does Thompson generally feel around large groups of unconnected people who cannot mix well?

2. According to Thompson, what vote do the politicians generally look down upon?

3. What incident (with which he had no involvement) harms Thompson's reputation as a professional?

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

5. What is significant about the residents of the retirement home the candidates visit in "May?"

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