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

2. What writer's problem does Thompson discuss in "June"?

3. In "January, February, into March," what is the reason Thompson makes several people angry with him?

4. Which Kennedy does the Democratic party consider nominating?

5. After learning the mechanics of the campaign trail, how does Thompson find his travels?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Thompson explain McGovern's lack of success?

2. What are Thompson's feelings about Nixon's circle of people?

3. What are some ways the author and his colleagues pass time on the airplane?

4. Describe the confrontation between Mankiewicz and Thompson.

5. Why did Ron Ziegler become Nixon's PR man?

6. What are some of the behaviors exhibited by the journalists on the Zoo Plane?

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

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

9. Why does Thompson abruptly switch to ranting about sports at the end of this book?

10. How does Thompson describe the varying roles of and attitudes toward professional speech writers?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the relationship between politicians and journalists in the following format:

Part 1) How journalists feel about politicians.

Part 2) How politicians feel about journalists.

Part 3) Thompson's opinions on politicians.

Part 4) Thompson's encounters with the politicians, especially Nixon.

Part 5) The Zoo Plane and its exclusivity.

Part 6) Thompson and Mankiewicz.

Cite specific examples from the text to support your answers.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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