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. In "May," what complaint do Thompson and other journalists have on the campaign trail?

2. From "January, February, into March," what is the core conflict between Thompson and the politicians?

3. What is a trademark of Thompson's writing, as evidenced in "June?"

4. In what city was Bobby Kennedy assassinated?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. Describe the relationship between journalists and politicians.

4. In the early days of the campaign trail, how does Thompson's demeanor and attire compare to the other journalists?

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

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

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

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

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

10. In what way is Thompson's place in the journalistic world an exercise in class-mixing?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How did Eagleton undermine McGovern on the campaign trail? Why is it significant that he repressed his medical records? How did this make McGovern look to the public and why? How did McGovern's failure to act quickly ruin some of his credibility? How does Thompson note that all of these problems could have been avoided with honesty from the beginning? In what ways does this situation mark the end of McGovern's presidential aspirations?

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

How does Hunter S. Thompson feel about politicians? How do politicians generally feel about Thompson? In what way is Thompson's outsider status as a writer for the counter-culture immediately setting him up as an adversary to all politicians? How does this affect his relationship to the Muskie campaign, as well as the McGovern campaign? Why does Frank Mankiewicz attack Thompson? How does all of this figure into Thompson's later declaration that he is going to run for the Senate?

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