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, what vote do the politicians generally look down upon?

2. Which demographic does the Democratic party worry about reaching if they do not have a Kennedy?

3. For whom does Thompson harbor a strange affection?

4. What writer's problem does Thompson discuss in "June"?

5. According to Thompson's anecdote, in "February & March," where does McCarthy go to gain favor with the working class?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What is significant about Eagleton's hiding his battles with depression?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 3

Compare and contrast the Dakota Queen II and the Zoo Plane. How do the differences between the atmospheres of these two airplanes indicate that the end of the campaign is near? In what ways do their atmospheres signify the general mood of the campaign trail? Why do the journalists indulge as much as they do on the Zoo Plane? Why are all political personnel barred from flying on the Zoo Plane?

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