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

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

3. In "January, February, into March," what is the reason Thompson makes several people angry with him?
(a) He refuses to remove his hat.
(b) He punches Mankiewicz.
(c) He gets very drunk in front of the President.
(d) He is caught with hashish.

4. According to Thompson's anecdote, in "February & March," where does McCarthy go to gain favor with the working class?
(a) A slaughterhouse.
(b) A factory.
(c) A retirement community.
(d) A university.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Thompson openly acknowledge about his work in "February & March?"

2. How is Thompson affected when a politician he politically respects suffers through a difficult event?

3. According to Thompson, who was most notably not a target when Bobby Kennedy was assassinated?

4. What is unusual about Thompson's description of himself in the Introduction?

5. What is a trademark of Thompson's writing, as evidenced in "June?"

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does Thompson mean when he says American politics are based on "perception and reality?"

4. Why does the book turn into a series of dialogues and monologues after Chapter 11?

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

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

7. How does Thompson describe the feeling for a politician when hearing a particular song in the Nebraska primary?

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

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

10. How does Thompson describe the passengers of Dakota Queen II?

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