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, 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

How do the journalists begin to deal with their crippling boredom a few months into the campaign trail? How does this affect the drug use among the writers? Why does Thompson find himself amused and validated by their actions? What is the Zoo Plane? What are some of the activities that happen on the plane? Why do the writers become more hedonistic as the campaign falters? How does this reflect upon the journalists' dedication to their work?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

How did Eagleton undermine McGovern on the campaign trail? Why is it significant that he repressed his medical records? How did this make McGovern look to the public and why? How did McGovern's failure to act quickly ruin some of his credibility? How does Thompson note that all of these problems could have been avoided with honesty from the beginning? In what ways does this situation mark the end of McGovern's presidential aspirations?

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