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. Why is it necessary for the politicians have so many meet-and-greets to shake hands with many different workers?

2. According to Thompson, in "Dark Interludes," what does McGovern do that shows his prowess as a politician?

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

4. After learning the mechanics of the campaign trail, how does Thompson find his travels?

5. In "April," which position does Thompson initially apply for?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does Thompson discuss the progressively more open drug use amongst the journalists?

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

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

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

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

8. Describe the relationship between journalists and politicians.

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How does Hunter S. Thompson contribute to the downfall of Edmund Muskie? Why does Thompson particularly dislike this candidate? How is his reporting on the "rumor" of Muskie's addiction to Ibogaine indicative not only of gonzo journalism, but of other journalists' desire for any salacious or scandalous rumors to report on? How does this contribute to the ever-volatile relationship between politicians and journalists?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Discuss the presidential candidates in the following format. Be sure to mention how Thompson perceives each of these men and how he feels about them, as well as how they ran their campaign.

Part 1) George McGovern.

Part 2) Richard Nixon.

Part 3) Edmund Muskie.

Part 4) George Wallace.

Cite specific examples from the text to support your answers.

(see the answer keys)

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