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. According to Thompson, who was most notably not a target when Bobby Kennedy was assassinated?

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

3. Who does Rubin claim will march down to the Convention Center in July?

4. According to Thompson, because of their origins, who do Southerners respect?

5. Why is Rosey Grier not allowed to deal with Rubin's harassment on the train?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. Describe the activities of election day.

7. What is gonzo journalism?

8. Why do Thompson and his friend decide to resolve the Mankiewicz situation by leaving?

9. How is Thompson's honesty a trademark of his writing?

10. How does Thompson describe the passengers of Dakota Queen II?

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

Compare and contrast the Dakota Queen II and the Zoo Plane. How do the differences between the atmospheres of these two airplanes indicate that the end of the campaign is near? In what ways do their atmospheres signify the general mood of the campaign trail? Why do the journalists indulge as much as they do on the Zoo Plane? Why are all political personnel barred from flying on the Zoo Plane?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the presidential candidates in the following format. Be sure to mention how Thompson perceives each of these men and how he feels about them, as well as how they ran their campaign.

Part 1) George McGovern.

Part 2) Richard Nixon.

Part 3) Edmund Muskie.

Part 4) George Wallace.

Cite specific examples from the text to support your answers.

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