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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) Muskie.
(c) McCarthy.
(d) Nixon.

2. According to Thompson, how much time do the candidates devote to meeting constituents?
(a) Eighteen hours a day, for a year and a half.
(b) Eight hours a day, for two years.
(c) Ten hours a day, for fourteen months.
(d) Twelve hours a day, for a year.

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

4. Why does the author posit that politicians dismiss a certain type of vote in "January"?
(a) Their votes do not actually count.
(b) The vote will be as divided as the previous generation's vote.
(c) The members of that group usually vote for the least likely candidate.
(d) Very few members of that group will actually vote.

5. With which party in Florida does Rubin claim to be registered?
(a) Green Party.
(b) Democrat.
(c) Republican.
(d) Independent.

Short Answer Questions

1. From "January, February, into March," what is the core conflict between Thompson and the politicians?

2. With which group does George Wallace apparently have the most affinity?

3. In "May," what complaint do Thompson and other journalists have on the campaign trail?

4. Why does Thompson believe the journalists are turning to drugs?

5. At the time of this book, who employed Thompson?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What is gonzo journalism?

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

7. What does Thompson believe about Southern attitudes, particularly in regards to politicians?

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

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

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

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