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 is a trademark of Thompson's writing, as evidenced in "June?"

2. In this book, what is used to separate groups of paragraphs?

3. With whom does Thompson compare the journalists at the end of "June?"

4. Why does Thompson believe the journalists are turning to drugs?

5. Despite the opinions politicians hold of the press, which of the following is not a trademark of Hunter S. Thompson (illustrating the man's indifference to what the politicians think of him)?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are some ways that Thompson organizes this book?

2. Describe the relationship between journalists and politicians.

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

4. What is gonzo journalism?

5. In the early days of the campaign trail, how does Thompson's demeanor and attire compare to the other journalists?

6. In "June," what does Thompson say about lifting material from his past work to incorporate into his newer work?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

How did Eagleton undermine McGovern on the campaign trail? Why is it significant that he repressed his medical records? How did this make McGovern look to the public and why? How did McGovern's failure to act quickly ruin some of his credibility? How does Thompson note that all of these problems could have been avoided with honesty from the beginning? In what ways does this situation mark the end of McGovern's presidential aspirations?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss Thompson's experiences on the campaign trail and how he became burnt out on politics in the following format:

Part 1) Thompson's opinions on politicians and how he experienced the cogs of the machine.

Part 2) The drug use.

Part 3) Thompson's sense of displacement.

Part 4) Thompson's support of McGovern and McGovern's crippling loss.

Part 5) Nixon's re-election.

Part 6) Thompson's decision to become a sports writer.

Cite specific examples from the text to support your answers.

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