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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. When covering political stories, how does Thompson generally feel around large groups of unconnected people who cannot mix well?
(a) At ease.
(b) Happy.
(c) Claustrophobic.
(d) Awkward.

2. With which group does George Wallace apparently have the most affinity?
(a) The rich businessmen.
(b) The middle-classes.
(c) The factory workers.
(d) The students.

3. To what does Thompson compare an American campaign trail?
(a) A baseball team.
(b) A chess game.
(c) A football team.
(d) A hockey team.

4. What is particularly colorful about the letter exchange in "July?"
(a) Thompson includes a few tabs of acid with the letters.
(b) Thompson manages to call his correspondant by several filthy names.
(c) Thompson reveals some secrets about Eagleton.
(d) Thompson reveals the sordid parties that happen with the journalists.

5. Fill in the blank: Journalists can only view ______ as being either worthy of respect or derision.
(a) Other journalists.
(b) Politicians.
(c) Police officers.
(d) Campaign managers.

Short Answer Questions

1. How do politicians tend to view journalists, according to Thompson?

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

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

4. In what city was Bobby Kennedy assassinated?

5. In what state does Thompson frequently find himself during social settings involving politicians and journalists?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What is gonzo journalism?

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

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

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

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

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

9. At the beginning of "July," how does Thompson analyze Wallace's ease as a successful politician?

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

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