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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. Despite the opinions politicians hold of the press, which of the following is not a trademark of Hunter S. Thompson (illustrating the man's indifference to what the politicians think of him)?
(a) His frequent hangovers.
(b) His snarky attitude.
(c) His obsessively frantic writing.
(d) His unbiased observations.

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

3. How is Thompson affected when a politician he politically respects suffers through a difficult event?
(a) He can barely speak of it without tears.
(b) He is concerned of the effects it will have on the campaign.
(c) He laughs about it.
(d) He is angry.

4. What writer's problem does Thompson discuss in "June"?
(a) Writer's block.
(b) Censorship.
(c) Repetition in subject matter.
(d) Re-using one's work over and over.

5. Who does the younger generation tend to vote like?
(a) The previous generation.
(b) The most exposed candidate.
(c) The celebrities.
(d) The current President.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Thompson, what group was responsible for settling the South?

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

3. In "January," whose vote is discussed alongside the generational voting habits?

4. To what does Thompson compare the writer's problem he discusses in "June?"

5. What does Thompson posit as being the source of his toenail anxiety?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. In "January, February, into March," how does Thompson try to fit in with the politicians and press?

6. What is gonzo journalism?

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

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

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

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

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