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

2. How does Thompson prefer to do his work?

3. What is particularly colorful about the letter exchange in "July?"

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

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

Short Essay Questions

1. In "January, February, into March," how does Thompson try to fit in with the politicians and press?

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

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

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

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

6. In what way is Thompson's place in the journalistic world an exercise in class-mixing?

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

8. Why do the consultants on the campaign think they need to involve Ted Kennedy?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss Nixon and McGovern's respective campaigns in the following format:

Part 1) McGovern's policies.

Part 2) The Eagleton situation.

Part 3) Thompson's estimation of Nixon.

Part 4) The "Nazi-moves" of the Nixon administration.

Part 5) Thompson's interview with Nixon.

Part 6) Nixon's defeat of McGovern.

Cite specific examples from the text to support your answers.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the difficulties faced by the Democratic party in this campaign in the following format:

Part 1) Vietnam War.

Part 2) John F. and Robert Kennedy.

Part 3) Eagleton's mental health history and resignation.

Part 4) Nixon's inner circle of people.

Part 5) The lack of unity amongst the candidates.

Cite specific examples from the text to support your answers.

(see the answer keys)

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