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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. What is unusual about Thompson's description of himself in the Introduction?
(a) He says he refuses to describe himself, but actually does.
(b) He is describing someone else.
(c) It is not flattering.
(d) It is extremely flattering.

2. Fill in the blank: Journalists can only view ______ as being either worthy of respect or derision.
(a) Politicians.
(b) Police officers.
(c) Other journalists.
(d) Campaign managers.

3. According to Thompson, what vote do the politicians generally look down upon?
(a) Elderly women.
(b) Youth.
(c) Hispanic.
(d) Middle-aged men.

4. What does Thompson believe is the source of the journalists' most common writing problem?
(a) The writers are getting lazy.
(b) The writers are becoming too reliant on sensationalistic headlines.
(c) The writers are allowing their work to be dictated by others.
(d) The writers have nothing to write about.

5. When Thompson reaches his destination in "January, February, into March," how do his disrespectful peers treat him?
(a) They are happy to see him.
(b) They embarrass him.
(c) They all clamor for his autograph.
(d) They look down on him.

Short Answer Questions

1. In the beginning of "May," at which primary is Thompson present?

2. According to Thompson, in "January," who beat Johnson in New Hampshire?

3. In what city was Bobby Kennedy assassinated?

4. In "May," according to research, which way does Thompson say is the best and probably only way to win the campaign?

5. According to Thompson's anecdote, in "February & March," where does McCarthy go to gain favor with the working class?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What are some ways that Thompson organizes this book?

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

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

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

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

8. Describe the relationship between journalists and politicians.

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

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

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