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. Why is Thompson angry during "June?"

2. What campaign is Thompson covering in "Fear and Loathing: On the Campaign Trail '72?"

3. Whom does Thompson describe as being less of a hand-shaker and more of an actor with his constituents?

4. In "May," what complaint do Thompson and other journalists have on the campaign trail?

5. What reason does Thompson posit that makes the campaign he is covering particularly difficult for all participants?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does Thompson discuss the progressively more open drug use amongst the journalists?

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

5. What is gonzo journalism?

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

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

8. What are some characteristics of Thompson's writing?

9. In what way is Thompson's place in the journalistic world an exercise in class-mixing?

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

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

Discuss these governmental and political concepts Thompson writes about in the following format:

Part 1) The voting demographic.

Part 2) The pendulum swing of politics.

Part 3) The frequent meet-and-greets with the constituents.

Part 4) Honesty and dishonesty.

Part 5) Speech writers.

Part 6) Pitching for votes.

Cite specific examples from the text to support your answers.

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast the Dakota Queen II and the Zoo Plane. How do the differences between the atmospheres of these two airplanes indicate that the end of the campaign is near? In what ways do their atmospheres signify the general mood of the campaign trail? Why do the journalists indulge as much as they do on the Zoo Plane? Why are all political personnel barred from flying on the Zoo Plane?

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