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. In what state does Thompson frequently find himself during social settings involving politicians and journalists?

2. In "May," what complaint do Thompson and other journalists have on the campaign trail?

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

4. For what reason does Senator McCarthy visit the factory workers in "May?"

5. What is one of the reasons Thompson is so famous?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How does Thompson simultaneously both promote and subvert honesty in journalism? In what ways is his account of the campaign trail in 1972 completely accurate? In what ways is it factually incorrect? How does his use of satire and exaggerations help to engage the reader into experiencing what the author is experiencing? How do some of his exaggerations undermine some of the presidential candidates? How does this relate to Thompson's annoyance at the dishonesty present in several politicians?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the presidential candidates in the following format. Be sure to mention how Thompson perceives each of these men and how he feels about them, as well as how they ran their campaign.

Part 1) George McGovern.

Part 2) Richard Nixon.

Part 3) Edmund Muskie.

Part 4) George Wallace.

Cite specific examples from the text to support your answers.

(see the answer keys)

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