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. What position does Thompson assign politicians, in his analogy of the American political campaign?

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

4. To what does Thompson compare the writer's problem he discusses in "June?"

5. With whom does Thompson compare the journalists at the end of "June?"

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. What are some ways that Thompson organizes this book?

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

8. What is gonzo journalism?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

How does Hunter S. Thompson contribute to the downfall of Edmund Muskie? Why does Thompson particularly dislike this candidate? How is his reporting on the "rumor" of Muskie's addiction to Ibogaine indicative not only of gonzo journalism, but of other journalists' desire for any salacious or scandalous rumors to report on? How does this contribute to the ever-volatile relationship between politicians and journalists?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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