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. How is Thompson affected when a politician he politically respects suffers through a difficult event?

2. What reason does Thompson posit that makes the campaign he is covering particularly difficult for all participants?

3. What is unusual about Thompson's description of himself in the Introduction?

4. For whom does Thompson harbor a strange affection?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What is gonzo journalism?

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

4. What does Thompson believe about Southern attitudes, particularly in regards to politicians?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Why is Hunter S. Thompson so compelling as a writer and a subject? In what way does he contribute to his own mystique, despite his honesty and brutal looks at himself? In what way does he exemplify his notions of "perception and reality?" Despite his rebellious ways, why is Thompson so readily accepted by the upper class? In what ways does Thompson resent his public image even as he contributes to it?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Discuss Nixon and McGovern's respective campaigns in the following format:

Part 1) McGovern's policies.

Part 2) The Eagleton situation.

Part 3) Thompson's estimation of Nixon.

Part 4) The "Nazi-moves" of the Nixon administration.

Part 5) Thompson's interview with Nixon.

Part 6) Nixon's defeat of McGovern.

Cite specific examples from the text to support your answers.

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