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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. Above all else, why does the public lose its trust in Eagleton (and by extension, McGovern)?
(a) McGovern acted too harshly against Eagleton.
(b) Eagleton was meant to be a rock for the public to lean on.
(c) McGovern did not act quickly enough in removing Eagleton.
(d) Eagleton lied.

2. What are some of the activities that take place on the wilder plane during the campaign?
(a) Intoxication.
(b) Smoking during take off.
(c) Fighting over seating arrangements.
(d) Sex in the aisles.

3. According to the author, in what ways can deceit be considered relatively harmless?
(a) When it is used to keep the peace.
(b) When it is used to claim power.
(c) When it is used to calm the masses.
(d) When it is used to undermine another person.

4. Why is McGovern not able to recover from Eagleton's omissions and lies?
(a) Eagleton should have revealed his medical history sooner.
(b) Nixon undermined McGovern's efforts to save face.
(c) McGovern's next vice-presidential candidate was too divisive.
(d) McGovern did nothing for the public to put faith in him.

5. How does Thompson allow his readers for the Rolling Stone to follow his journey into the political arena?
(a) He namedrops to keep people intrigued.
(b) He covers only the politics and none of the outside activities.
(c) He discusses both the political and party life as well as how they connect.
(d) He relates politics to music.

Short Answer Questions

1. What happens between Mankiewicz and Thompson in "August?"

2. What plane does Thompson decide better fits his personality in "November Continued?"

3. When Thompson refers to "the American Dream," what class does he posit has the most at stake in believing in that ideal?

4. During "August," from his memory of a previous campaign, what is Thompson primarily concerned about?

5. Why did Nixon employ Ziegler?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why do Thompson and his friend decide to resolve the Mankiewicz situation by leaving?

3. Describe Thompson's thoughts on the Yin/Yang in regards to Nixon and McGovern.

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

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

6. Describe the activities of election day.

7. How is Thompson's honesty a trademark of his writing?

8. How does Thompson explain McGovern's lack of success?

9. What are some of the behaviors exhibited by the journalists on the Zoo Plane?

10. Why is Thompson the "rock-n-roll emissary" for politics?

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