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 group does George Wallace apparently have the most affinity?

3. After learning the mechanics of the campaign trail, how does Thompson find his travels?

4. At the time of this book, who employed Thompson?

5. What does Thompson posit as being the source of his toenail anxiety?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Eagleton affect McGovern's campaign run?

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

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

4. Describe the relationship between journalists and politicians.

5. In what ways is Thompson introducing new readers to the world of politics?

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

7. What are some of the behaviors exhibited by the journalists on the Zoo Plane?

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

9. How does Thompson relate the politics of the campaign to the partying of the personnel?

10. Why is Thompson in such a dark mood in "October?"

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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 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

What is gonzo journalism? What are the main characteristics of this writing style? How is Hunter S. Thompson connected to this type of writing? In what ways is gonzo journalism demonstrated in "Fear and Loathing: On the Campaign Trail '72?" What is the purpose of this style of journalism? How does this style help immerse the reader in the event that is being covered?

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