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. What campaign is Thompson covering in "Fear and Loathing: On the Campaign Trail '72?"

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

3. In "May," according to research, which way does Thompson say is the best and probably only way to win the campaign?

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

5. According to Thompson, in "January," who beat Johnson in New Hampshire?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. Describe the relationship between journalists and politicians.

9. What is gonzo journalism?

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

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

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

What is gonzo journalism? What are the main characteristics of this writing style? How is Hunter S. Thompson connected to this type of writing? In what ways is gonzo journalism demonstrated in "Fear and Loathing: On the Campaign Trail '72?" What is the purpose of this style of journalism? How does this style help immerse the reader in the event that is being covered?

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