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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Although Kennedy would not be likely to win the state of Georgia, what key city could he almost definitely win?
(a) Macon.
(b) Savannah.
(c) Atlanta.
(d) Columbus.

2. Why does Thompson believe the journalists are turning to drugs?
(a) They want to experiment while away from their loved ones.
(b) They are trying to get a better grasp on the younger generation.
(c) They are not coping well with cabin fever.
(d) They want to emulate Thompson.

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

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

5. What is a trademark of Thompson's writing, as evidenced in "June?"
(a) His ability to make connections between disparate events.
(b) His frequent references to celebrities.
(c) His factual accounts.
(d) His interviews with the candidates.

Short Answer Questions

1. For what is Jerry Rubin known?

2. Why is Thompson angry during "June?"

3. In "July," in the ballroom, what reaction do the constituents have towards George Wallace?

4. At times during slow periods on the campaign trail, what do journalists find themselves resenting?

5. In "January, February, into March," what is the reason Thompson makes several people angry with him?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why did Ron Ziegler become Nixon's PR man?

2. How does Thompson describe the drug use among the other journalists?

3. What are Thompson's feelings about Nixon's circle of people?

4. Why is Thompson in such a dark mood in "October?"

5. In the early days of the campaign trail, how does Thompson's demeanor and attire compare to the other journalists?

6. In what way is Thompson's place in the journalistic world an exercise in class-mixing?

7. What are some ways that Thompson organizes this book?

8. In what ways is Thompson introducing new readers to the world of politics?

9. How does Thompson describe the passengers of Dakota Queen II?

10. Describe Thompson's thoughts on the Yin/Yang in regards to Nixon and McGovern.

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