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. Fill in the blank: Journalists can only view ______ as being either worthy of respect or derision.

2. How does Thompson prefer to do his work?

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

4. "Dark Interlude" reveals what illness that Eagleton suffers from?

5. What is particularly colorful about the letter exchange in "July?"

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What is gonzo journalism?

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

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

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

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

9. What are some ways that Thompson organizes this book?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Discuss Thompson's experiences on the campaign trail and how he became burnt out on politics in the following format:

Part 1) Thompson's opinions on politicians and how he experienced the cogs of the machine.

Part 2) The drug use.

Part 3) Thompson's sense of displacement.

Part 4) Thompson's support of McGovern and McGovern's crippling loss.

Part 5) Nixon's re-election.

Part 6) Thompson's decision to become a sports writer.

Cite specific examples from the text to support your answers.

(see the answer keys)

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