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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. What incident (with which he had no involvement) harms Thompson's reputation as a professional?
(a) Ten thousand naked hippies showing up to protest Nixon.
(b) The drunken, belligerent behavior of the person who stole his ID.
(c) A drug bust.
(d) A motorcycle accident.

2. In "January," whose vote is discussed alongside the generational voting habits?
(a) European immigrants.
(b) Hispanic.
(c) Asian.
(d) African Americans.

3. In what state does Thompson frequently find himself during social settings involving politicians and journalists?
(a) Outcast.
(b) Nervous.
(c) Jet-lagged.
(d) Hungover.

4. Why does Thompson appear to feel relieved and more justified in his habits during "June?"
(a) Timothy Leary comes to speak to the journalists.
(b) Many members of the press have been experimenting with drugs as well.
(c) McGovern acknowledges his own drug use.
(d) Mankiewicz shares a joint with Thompson.

5. What is significant about the residents of the retirement home the candidates visit in "May?"
(a) They are all connected to powerful families in Washington, D.C.
(b) They are all women.
(c) They are of all different ethnicities.
(d) They are wealthy.

Short Answer Questions

1. In "April," which position does Thompson initially apply for?

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

3. Although Kennedy would not be likely to win the state of Georgia, what key city could he almost definitely win?

4. According to Thompson, because of their origins, who do Southerners respect?

5. What reason is Thompson given that attempts to diminish the importance of his employer?

Short Essay Questions

1. Where are some of the places the campaign visits in "May" and why?

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

3. What is gonzo journalism?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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