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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 catches Thompson's attention at the primary in early May?
(a) Fifty typewriters being used at once.
(b) A song.
(c) A fax machine.
(d) A news report.

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) Ten thousand naked hippies showing up to protest Nixon.
(d) A drug bust.

3. At the time of this book, who employed Thompson?
(a) Washington Post.
(b) Seattle Post-Intelligencer.
(c) Rolling Stone.
(d) New York Times.

4. According to Thompson, because of their origins, who do Southerners respect?
(a) Worldly people.
(b) Leaders from the Civil Rights movement.
(c) Accomplished con men.
(d) Self-made businessmen.

5. Why is it necessary for the politicians have so many meet-and-greets to shake hands with many different workers?
(a) It is important that politicians visit their hometowns in this manner.
(b) It is necessary for the campaign workers to poll the constituents.
(c) It is merely a formality from the 1800s.
(d) It makes the politicians more personable to the average American.

Short Answer Questions

1. At times during slow periods on the campaign trail, what do journalists find themselves resenting?

2. Why is Thompson angry during "June?"

3. In the beginning of "May," at which primary is Thompson present?

4. During the May primary, how does Thompson describe a politician hearing a particular sound?

5. In Miami, who forces the Senator to keep his speech and interviews short?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the relationship between journalists and politicians.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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