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 writer's problem does Thompson discuss in "June"?

2. Although Kennedy would not be likely to win the state of Georgia, what key city could he almost definitely win?

3. In "June," what is significant about drug use among the journalists?

4. What is unusual about Thompson's description of himself in the Introduction?

5. When covering political stories, how does Thompson generally feel around large groups of unconnected people who cannot mix well?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Jerry Rubin tarnish Thompson's reputation?

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

3. Describe the different votes Thompson discusses in "January."

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

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

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

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

8. What is significant about the rumored "ten thousand naked hippies?"

9. What is gonzo journalism?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

In what ways are Hunter S. Thompson's encounters throughout this book indicative of the class struggles in America in 1972? How is Thompson regarded in terms of class? How does this affect his writing? In what ways are these class struggles particularly apparent in the meet-and-greets with different constituents?

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