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

3. In Thompson's estimation, in "Dark Interlude," what is the real problem with political conflicts?

4. 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)?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Jerry Rubin tarnish Thompson's reputation?

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

3. Where are some of the places the campaign visits in "May" and why?

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

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

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

7. How does Thompson explain the journalistic term "pitch?"

8. In "February & March," why is the 1972 Democratic Nomination campaign particularly stressful?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

By the time of the 1972 presidential election, how have politicians come to regard the youth vote and the African-American vote? How has the Vietnam War and the subsequent culture around it (for example, hippies, Woodstock, politically aware actors, and musicians) forced the politicians to start targeting the younger crowds for votes? How has this culture, alongside with the continuing struggling for civil rights, aided the African-American community in terms of the government focusing on their demographic?

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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.

(see the answer keys)

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