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

2. When covering political stories, how does Thompson generally feel around large groups of unconnected people who cannot mix well?
(a) At ease.
(b) Claustrophobic.
(c) Happy.
(d) Awkward.

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

4. After learning the mechanics of the campaign trail, how does Thompson find his travels?
(a) Pleasently routine.
(b) Exhilerating.
(c) Tiresome.
(d) Calming.

5. In what measurement of time is this book organized?
(a) Days.
(b) Weeks.
(c) Months.
(d) Years.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why is it necessary for the politicians have so many meet-and-greets to shake hands with many different workers?

2. Besides alcohol, what drug does Thompson readily admit to using regularly?

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

4. Fill in the blank: Journalists can only view ______ as being either worthy of respect or derision.

5. With whom does Thompson compare the journalists at the end of "June?"

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. At the beginning of "July," how does Thompson analyze Wallace's ease as a successful politician?

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

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

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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