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. What is particularly colorful about the letter exchange in "July?"

2. In Miami, who forces the Senator to keep his speech and interviews short?

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

4. According to Thompson, in "January," who beat Johnson in New Hampshire?

5. At times during slow periods on the campaign trail, what do journalists find themselves resenting?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. What is gonzo journalism?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss Nixon and McGovern's respective campaigns in the following format:

Part 1) McGovern's policies.

Part 2) The Eagleton situation.

Part 3) Thompson's estimation of Nixon.

Part 4) The "Nazi-moves" of the Nixon administration.

Part 5) Thompson's interview with Nixon.

Part 6) Nixon's defeat of McGovern.

Cite specific examples from the text to support your answers.

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the relationship between politicians and journalists in the following format:

Part 1) How journalists feel about politicians.

Part 2) How politicians feel about journalists.

Part 3) Thompson's opinions on politicians.

Part 4) Thompson's encounters with the politicians, especially Nixon.

Part 5) The Zoo Plane and its exclusivity.

Part 6) Thompson and Mankiewicz.

Cite specific examples from the text to support your answers.

(see the answer keys)

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