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

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Multiple Choice Questions

1. According to those who disapprove of professional speech writers, what is revealed when politicians use these writers?
(a) False promises.
(b) The artifice of politics.
(c) A lack of direct thought.
(d) The inability of people to think for themselves.

2. After Thompson's encounter with Mankiewicz, how does the author's friend recommend they defuse the situation?
(a) Thompson should apologize.
(b) Thompson should probably leave.
(c) Mankiewicz should apologize.
(d) Mankiewicz should have a drink with Thompson.

3. Fill in the blanks: According to Thompson, American politics have changed from being based on "charisma" to "_______ and ________."
(a) Truth and lies.
(b) Smoke and mirrors.
(c) Ink and blood.
(d) Perception and reality.

4. How do people who are uninterested in politics react to Thompson's writing?
(a) They boycott Rolling Stone Magazine.
(b) They read his stories merely for gossip.
(c) They begin to buy his books.
(d) The disinterested begin to follow politics.

5. Who does Thompson quote when he says, "Richard Nixon represents the dark side of the American spirit?"
(a) Bobby Kennedy.
(b) John Kennedy.
(c) George McGovern.
(d) Timothy Leary.

6. At the writing of this book, what do Americans realize about politics?
(a) Politicians are not really in charge.
(b) Politicians cannot readily pull troops in and out of a country.
(c) American votes do force change.
(d) They are deceptive.

7. According to Thompson, what unprecedented occurrence happens in October of 1972?
(a) Nixon became incredibly popular with the public.
(b) The Democrats turned their back on McGovern.
(c) The Republicans and Democrats began to work together.
(d) The hippies began to support Nixon.

8. What does Thompson suggest would have helped McGovern push ahead in the polls during September 1972?
(a) A stronger stance on drug policies.
(b) A better speechwriter.
(c) No speechwriters.
(d) A one-on-one interview with Thompson.

9. In Thompson's own words, what does he initially admit to believing about Mankiewicz?
(a) Mankiewicz is a gentleman.
(b) Mankiewicz is justified in his actions against the author.
(c) Mankiewicz is a pansy.
(d) Mankiewicz is a coward.

10. How many aircraft are generally used on the campaign trail?
(a) One.
(b) Three.
(c) Two.
(d) Four.

11. What are some of the activities that take place on the wilder plane during the campaign?
(a) Fighting over seating arrangements.
(b) Smoking during take off.
(c) Intoxication.
(d) Sex in the aisles.

12. In "August," what does Thompson remember from a previous campaign?
(a) A be-in.
(b) A party.
(c) A demonstration.
(d) A concert.

13. Why is McGovern not able to recover from Eagleton's omissions and lies?
(a) Eagleton should have revealed his medical history sooner.
(b) McGovern did nothing for the public to put faith in him.
(c) McGovern's next vice-presidential candidate was too divisive.
(d) Nixon undermined McGovern's efforts to save face.

14. What is Thompson unable to explain about his preferred candidate in "October?"
(a) McGovern's lack of success in the polls.
(b) McGovern's shady past.
(c) McGovern's inability to make a firm decision.
(d) McGovern's lack of public speaking skills.

15. In "November Continued," what is the reputation of the journalists Thompson travels with?
(a) They are angry speech writers.
(b) They are talentless hacks.
(c) They are vitriolic gossip hounds.
(d) They are responsible writers.

Short Answer Questions

1. Above all else, why does the public lose its trust in Eagleton (and by extension, McGovern)?

2. What strikes Thompson the most about Mankiewicz's recent, violent tendencies?

3. Where is the second location the personnel and press are taken on election day?

4. What revelation does Thompson make to the readers about his intoxication on the airplane?

5. Fill in the blanks: Regarding the combination of alcohol and marijuana, one of the female reporters describes taking the drugs as the adult version of ______ and _______.

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