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Fear and Loathing: On the Campaign Trail '72 Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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Mid-Book Test - Hard

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This quiz 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

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?

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?

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?

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