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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. Besides the factory, where else do the candidates go to visit and meet with workers?
(a) A slaughterhouse.
(b) A library.
(c) A hospital.
(d) An automotive shop.

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

3. What does Thompson openly acknowledge about his work in "February & March?"
(a) His demograph is not exactly widespread.
(b) His lack of skill.
(c) His own biases.
(d) His lack of insight.

4. What journalistic term does Thompson use to describe Wallace's speeches in "July?"
(a) Lobbing.
(b) Sink.
(c) Pitch.
(d) Scanning.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. With whom does Thompson compare the journalists at the end of "June?"

3. During the May primary, how does Thompson describe a politician hearing a particular sound?

4. For what reason does Senator McCarthy visit the factory workers in "May?"

5. What is Hunter S. Thompson's occupation?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Thompson use his varied experiences as a writer to draw random connections about the journalists in "June?"

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

3. What are some characteristics of Thompson's writing?

4. What does Thompson believe about Southern attitudes, particularly in regards to politicians?

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

6. Describe the relationship between journalists and politicians.

7. What is gonzo journalism?

8. What does Thompson say about his toenails, and why is it important?

9. Why does Thompson encounter difficulty in becoming an official member of the press for the federal government?

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

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