Fear and Loathing: On the Campaign Trail '72 Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. When Thompson reaches his destination in "January, February, into March," how do his disrespectful peers treat him?

2. According to Thompson, how much time do the candidates devote to meeting constituents?

3. Why is Rosey Grier not allowed to deal with Rubin's harassment on the train?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does Thompson believe about Southern attitudes, particularly in regards to politicians?

3. Describe the relationship between journalists and politicians.

4. What is significant about the rumored "ten thousand naked hippies?"

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

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

7. Describe Thompson's initial relationships with the other writers.

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

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

10. Why do the consultants on the campaign think they need to involve Ted Kennedy?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

By the time of the 1972 presidential election, how have politicians come to regard the youth vote and the African-American vote? How has the Vietnam War and the subsequent culture around it (for example, hippies, Woodstock, politically aware actors, and musicians) forced the politicians to start targeting the younger crowds for votes? How has this culture, alongside with the continuing struggling for civil rights, aided the African-American community in terms of the government focusing on their demographic?

Essay Topic 2

How does Hunter S. Thompson feel about politicians? How do politicians generally feel about Thompson? In what way is Thompson's outsider status as a writer for the counter-culture immediately setting him up as an adversary to all politicians? How does this affect his relationship to the Muskie campaign, as well as the McGovern campaign? Why does Frank Mankiewicz attack Thompson? How does all of this figure into Thompson's later declaration that he is going to run for the Senate?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the presidential candidates in the following format. Be sure to mention how Thompson perceives each of these men and how he feels about them, as well as how they ran their campaign.

Part 1) George McGovern.

Part 2) Richard Nixon.

Part 3) Edmund Muskie.

Part 4) George Wallace.

Cite specific examples from the text to support your answers.

(see the answer keys)

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