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

2. How does Thompson prefer to do his work?
(a) In the shower.
(b) With heavy deadlines.
(c) Easily and slowly.
(d) With a collaborator.

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

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

5. Despite the opinions politicians hold of the press, which of the following is not a trademark of Hunter S. Thompson (illustrating the man's indifference to what the politicians think of him)?
(a) His snarky attitude.
(b) His frequent hangovers.
(c) His unbiased observations.
(d) His obsessively frantic writing.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Thompson believe is the source of the journalists' most common writing problem?

2. What is unusual about Thompson's description of himself in the Introduction?

3. In what measurement of time is this book organized?

4. How does Thompson assist a group of people in "January, February, into March" who informed him of their collective hatred for politicians?

5. Why does the author posit that politicians dismiss a certain type of vote in "January"?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is significant about the rumored "ten thousand naked hippies?"

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

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

6. In the Introduction, how does Thompson explain his drug use?

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

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

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

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

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