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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. For whom does Thompson harbor a strange affection?
(a) Wallace.
(b) McCarthy.
(c) Muskie.
(d) Nixon.

2. According to Thompson, in "Dark Interludes," what does McGovern do that shows his prowess as a politician?
(a) He quickly drops Eagleton from the ticket.
(b) He pardons Eagleton's lies.
(c) He uses Eagleton's medical history against him.
(d) He publicly supports Eagleton's continuance in the campaign.

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

4. What journalistic term does Thompson use to describe Wallace's speeches in "July?"
(a) Pitch.
(b) Lobbing.
(c) Sink.
(d) Scanning.

5. In "July," in the ballroom, what reaction do the constituents have towards George Wallace?
(a) They are not happy with what Wallace was saying.
(b) They boo Wallace out of the ballroom.
(c) They take his statements and promises seriously and give him their support.
(d) They embrace him as their own.

Short Answer Questions

1. When covering political stories, how does Thompson generally feel around large groups of unconnected people who cannot mix well?

2. For what reason does Senator McCarthy visit the factory workers in "May?"

3. "Dark Interlude" reveals what illness that Eagleton suffers from?

4. What is significant about the residents of the retirement home the candidates visit in "May?"

5. According to his anecdotes in "January, February, into March," why is Thompson never be able to fit in with the upper classes?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. How does Thompson discuss the progressively more open drug use amongst the journalists?

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

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

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

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