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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. Why does the author posit that politicians dismiss a certain type of vote in "January"?
(a) The members of that group usually vote for the least likely candidate.
(b) Very few members of that group will actually vote.
(c) Their votes do not actually count.
(d) The vote will be as divided as the previous generation's vote.

2. What writer's problem does Thompson discuss in "June"?
(a) Writer's block.
(b) Re-using one's work over and over.
(c) Repetition in subject matter.
(d) Censorship.

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

4. In what city was Bobby Kennedy assassinated?
(a) Los Angeles.
(b) Washington, D.C.
(c) Dallas.
(d) New York City.

5. During "January," what does Thompson say was inappropriate during the previous social setting?
(a) The date of the event.
(b) Whether to bring a date or not.
(c) His clothing.
(d) The socialites who would be present.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. When Thompson hears a specific sound during the May primary, which group does he claim this sound would particularly distress?

3. Which demographic does the Democratic party worry about reaching if they do not have a Kennedy?

4. "Dark Interlude" reveals what illness that Eagleton suffers from?

5. Besides alcohol, what drug does Thompson readily admit to using regularly?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is gonzo journalism?

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

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

4. Describe the relationship between journalists and politicians.

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

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

7. In "February & March," why is the 1972 Democratic Nomination campaign particularly stressful?

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

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

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

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