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. During "January," what does Thompson say was inappropriate during the previous social setting?

2. Whom does Thompson describe as being less of a hand-shaker and more of an actor with his constituents?

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

4. In what state does Thompson frequently find himself during social settings involving politicians and journalists?

5. From "January, February, into March," what is the core conflict between Thompson and the politicians?

Short Essay Questions

1. What are Thompson's opinions on what Americans want from their leaders?

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

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

4. How does Eagleton affect McGovern's campaign run?

5. What does Thompson mean when he says American politics are based on "perception and reality?"

6. Why does the public find Mankowiecz so unsettling?

7. During the demonstration of a previous campaign, what did Thompson realize about the police officers on the scene?

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

9. What does Thompson believe about the middle-class?

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

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

What is significant about Jerry Rubin boarding Muskie's train with Thompson's credentials? How does Rubin behave and how does this reflect on Thompson? Despite his actions, what valid points do Rubin and his colleague bring up during Muskie's final speech? How does this ultimately discredit Muskie as a presidential candidate? What is the purpose of the promise of bringing ten thousand naked hippies to peacefully protest and demonstrate during a convention in Florida? How is this indicative of the changing political climate in America?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss these governmental and political concepts Thompson writes about in the following format:

Part 1) The voting demographic.

Part 2) The pendulum swing of politics.

Part 3) The frequent meet-and-greets with the constituents.

Part 4) Honesty and dishonesty.

Part 5) Speech writers.

Part 6) Pitching for votes.

Cite specific examples from the text to support your answers.

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