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. According to Thompson, in "January," who beat Johnson in New Hampshire?

2. When Thompson reaches his destination in "January, February, into March," how do his disrespectful peers treat him?

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

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

5. In Miami, who forces the Senator to keep his speech and interviews short?

Short Essay Questions

1. In the Epilogue, what plans does Thompson reveal for his immediate future?

2. Why is Thompson the "rock-n-roll emissary" for politics?

3. In "August," why does Thompson discuss a demonstration he witnessed during a previous campaign?

4. Briefly describe the expenses and planning involved in keeping a political campaign moving forward, as relayed by Thompson.

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

6. What are Thompson's feelings about Nixon?

7. Why does Thompson abruptly switch to ranting about sports at the end of this book?

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

9. What is gonzo journalism?

10. Describe Thompson's thoughts on the Yin/Yang in regards to Nixon and McGovern.

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

According to Thompson, why is the Chinese symbolism of Yin/Yang important to the 1972 election? How does he define "yin?" How does he define "yang?" How does he apply these concepts to McGovern and Nixon? In what ways does Thompson note that this is part of the pendulum swing in American politics? How is the public support of Nixon indicative of McGovern's policies in 1972?

Essay Topic 2

Discuss the relationship between the American Dream and the middle-class in the following format:

Part 1) Define the American Dream.

Part 2) What is the relationship between the middle-class and the upper-class?

Part 3) How are the middle classes represented on the campaign trail, especially in regards to Thompson's presence?

Part 4) The shrinking middle-class.

Part 5) Public policy and the government.

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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