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, how much time do the candidates devote to meeting constituents?

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

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

4. What is Hunter S. Thompson's occupation?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. Describe the relationship between journalists and politicians.

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss Hunter S. Thompson's sense of being socially awkward around the other journalists in the following format:

Part 1) His employer.

Part 2) His drug use.

Part 3) His attire and roots.

Part 4) His attitudes about other politicians.

Part 5) His relationships with the other journalists.

Cite specific examples from the text to support your arguments.

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

In what ways are Hunter S. Thompson's encounters throughout this book indicative of the class struggles in America in 1972? How is Thompson regarded in terms of class? How does this affect his writing? In what ways are these class struggles particularly apparent in the meet-and-greets with different constituents?

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