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. With which group does George Wallace apparently have the most affinity?

2. To what does Thompson compare an American campaign trail?

3. At the end of "June," why does Thompson compare the journalists to a particularly notorious group?

4. What is Hunter S. Thompson's occupation?

5. What reason is Thompson given that attempts to diminish the importance of his employer?

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. In "February & March," why is the 1972 Democratic Nomination campaign particularly stressful?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Discuss the difficulties faced by the Democratic party in this campaign in the following format:

Part 1) Vietnam War.

Part 2) John F. and Robert Kennedy.

Part 3) Eagleton's mental health history and resignation.

Part 4) Nixon's inner circle of people.

Part 5) The lack of unity amongst the candidates.

Cite specific examples from the text to support your answers.

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