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. During the May primary, how does Thompson describe a politician hearing a particular sound?

2. Why is Thompson concerned about his toenails?

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

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

5. In Miami, who forces the Senator to keep his speech and interviews short?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is gonzo journalism?

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

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

5. What is significant about the rumored "ten thousand naked hippies?"

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

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

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

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

10. Describe the relationship between journalists and politicians.

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 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

How do the journalists begin to deal with their crippling boredom a few months into the campaign trail? How does this affect the drug use among the writers? Why does Thompson find himself amused and validated by their actions? What is the Zoo Plane? What are some of the activities that happen on the plane? Why do the writers become more hedonistic as the campaign falters? How does this reflect upon the journalists' dedication to their work?

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