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

2. What catches Thompson's attention at the primary in early May?
(a) A song.
(b) A fax machine.
(c) Fifty typewriters being used at once.
(d) A news report.

3. With whom does Thompson compare the journalists at the end of "June?"
(a) Hell's Angels.
(b) The Yippies.
(c) The American military.
(d) The Viet Cong.

4. At the end of "June," why does Thompson compare the journalists to a particularly notorious group?
(a) Their similar self-righteousness.
(b) Their similar anger.
(c) Their similar boredom.
(d) Their similar drug use.

5. Why does Thompson believe the journalists are turning to drugs?
(a) They are not coping well with cabin fever.
(b) They want to experiment while away from their loved ones.
(c) They are trying to get a better grasp on the younger generation.
(d) They want to emulate Thompson.

Short Answer Questions

1. In "April," which position does Thompson initially apply for?

2. What position does Thompson assign politicians, in his analogy of the American political campaign?

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

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

5. Why does the author posit that politicians dismiss a certain type of vote in "January"?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. How do the factory workers react to Senator McCarthy?

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

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

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

10. Describe the relationship between journalists and politicians.

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