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

2. Whom does Thompson describe as being less of a hand-shaker and more of an actor with his constituents?
(a) George McGovern.
(b) Ted Kennedy.
(c) Edmund Muskie.
(d) George Wallace.

3. During the May primary, how does Thompson describe a politician hearing a particular sound?
(a) A werewolf killing one's guard dog.
(b) A fox getting caught in a trap.
(c) A cat being cornered by a dog.
(d) A vulture picking at carrion.

4. In "January," whose vote is discussed alongside the generational voting habits?
(a) African Americans.
(b) Hispanic.
(c) European immigrants.
(d) Asian.

5. Why is Rosey Grier not allowed to deal with Rubin's harassment on the train?
(a) The other passengers threw him off the train.
(b) It would not look good for him to rough up the journalists.
(c) It created sympathetic press for Muskie.
(d) Rubin was protected by another journalist.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. In this book, what is used to separate groups of paragraphs?

3. Which Kennedy does the Democratic party consider nominating?

4. In "June," what is significant about drug use among the journalists?

5. Who does Rubin claim will march down to the Convention Center in July?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the relationship between journalists and politicians.

2. Describe Thompson's initial relationships with the other writers.

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

4. Where are some of the places the campaign visits in "May" and why?

5. How do Thompson and the other journalists deal with their boredom in "May"?

6. Why do the consultants on the campaign think they need to involve Ted Kennedy?

7. In "June," what does Thompson say about lifting material from his past work to incorporate into his newer work?

8. How does Thompson explain the journalistic term "pitch?"

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

10. Describe the different votes Thompson discusses in "January."

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