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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. In "May," according to research, which way does Thompson say is the best and probably only way to win the campaign?
(a) Promises to withdraw the troops from Vietnam.
(b) A polished appearance.
(c) Public appearances.
(d) Speeches to rile up the younger crowds.

2. At the time of this book, who employed Thompson?
(a) Washington Post.
(b) New York Times.
(c) Rolling Stone.
(d) Seattle Post-Intelligencer.

3. When Thompson reaches his destination in "January, February, into March," how do his disrespectful peers treat him?
(a) They are happy to see him.
(b) They all clamor for his autograph.
(c) They embarrass him.
(d) They look down on him.

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

5. How does Thompson assist a group of people in "January, February, into March" who informed him of their collective hatred for politicians?
(a) Reconstructing the motor.
(b) Changing their oil.
(c) Flagging down a ride.
(d) Getting their car on the road.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to his anecdotes in "January, February, into March," why is Thompson never be able to fit in with the upper classes?

2. How is Thompson affected when a politician he politically respects suffers through a difficult event?

3. To what does Thompson compare an American campaign trail?

4. Throughout "March," which politician does Thompson particularly focus on?

5. What does Thompson posit as being the source of his toenail anxiety?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How do the factory workers react to Senator McCarthy?

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

4. How does Jerry Rubin tarnish Thompson's reputation?

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

6. Describe the relationship between journalists and politicians.

7. What is significant about Hunter S. Thompson's description of himself?

8. What is significant about Eagleton's hiding his battles with depression?

9. How does Thompson discuss the progressively more open drug use amongst the journalists?

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

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