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 does Thompson believe the journalists are turning to drugs?

2. With which party in Florida does Rubin claim to be registered?

3. Besides alcohol, what drug does Thompson readily admit to using regularly?

4. In "January," whose vote is discussed alongside the generational voting habits?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. What is significant about Hunter S. Thompson's description of himself?

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

3. How does Thompson describe the feeling for a politician when hearing a particular song in the Nebraska primary?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

Why is Hunter S. Thompson so compelling as a writer and a subject? In what way does he contribute to his own mystique, despite his honesty and brutal looks at himself? In what way does he exemplify his notions of "perception and reality?" Despite his rebellious ways, why is Thompson so readily accepted by the upper class? In what ways does Thompson resent his public image even as he contributes to it?

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