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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. At times during slow periods on the campaign trail, what do journalists find themselves resenting?
(a) The censorship.
(b) The lack of interviews with the candidates.
(c) The amount of work they can do.
(d) The presence of Mankiewicz.

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

3. What campaign is Thompson covering in "Fear and Loathing: On the Campaign Trail '72?"
(a) Nixon's campaign.
(b) Wallace's campaign.
(c) McGovern's campaign.
(d) Muskie's campaign.

4. What reason is Thompson given that attempts to diminish the importance of his employer?
(a) His magazine is the lowest-ranked in the country.
(b) He works for a music magazine.
(c) His editor is a known communist.
(d) His employer never served in Vietnam.

5. Besides the factory, where else do the candidates go to visit and meet with workers?
(a) A library.
(b) A hospital.
(c) A slaughterhouse.
(d) An automotive shop.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why is Rosey Grier not allowed to deal with Rubin's harassment on the train?

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

3. Why does Thompson appear to feel relieved and more justified in his habits during "June?"

4. For whom does Thompson harbor a strange affection?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How does Thompson describe the feeling for a politician when hearing a particular song in the Nebraska primary?

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

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

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

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

9. Describe Thompson's initial relationships with the other writers.

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

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