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. What is Hunter S. Thompson's occupation?

3. Why does Thompson believe the journalists are turning to drugs?

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

5. What incident (with which he had no involvement) harms Thompson's reputation as a professional?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. In the Introduction, how does Thompson explain his drug use?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 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.

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