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

2. What is Hunter S. Thompson's occupation?
(a) Actor.
(b) Campaign manager.
(c) Writer.
(d) Politician.

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

4. Who does Rubin claim will march down to the Convention Center in July?
(a) Timothy Leary.
(b) One hundred Yippie activists.
(c) Ten thousand naked hippies.
(d) Every hippie celebrity in the country.

5. 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 snarky attitude.
(b) His unbiased observations.
(c) His obsessively frantic writing.
(d) His frequent hangovers.

Short Answer Questions

1. For what is Jerry Rubin known?

2. How does Thompson describe the Washington D.C. journalists in "January?"

3. With which party in Florida does Rubin claim to be registered?

4. What journalistic term does Thompson use to describe Wallace's speeches in "July?"

5. Why is Thompson concerned about his toenails?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How do Thompson and the other journalists deal with their boredom in "May"?

3. In "June," what does Thompson say about lifting material from his past work to incorporate into his newer work?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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