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. When Thompson hears a specific sound during the May primary, which group does he claim this sound would particularly distress?

2. Although Kennedy would not be likely to win the state of Georgia, what key city could he almost definitely win?

3. What incident (with which he had no involvement) harms Thompson's reputation as a professional?

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

5. How does Thompson describe the Washington D.C. journalists in "January?"

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Thompson say about his toenails, and why is it important?

2. In "February & March," why is the 1972 Democratic Nomination campaign particularly stressful?

3. What is significant about Hunter S. Thompson's description of himself?

4. Describe the different votes Thompson discusses in "January."

5. Describe Thompson's initial relationships with the other writers.

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

7. What is gonzo journalism?

8. Why do the consultants on the campaign think they need to involve Ted Kennedy?

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

10. What is significant about the rumored "ten thousand naked hippies?"

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the difficulties faced by the Democratic party in this campaign in the following format:

Part 1) Vietnam War.

Part 2) John F. and Robert Kennedy.

Part 3) Eagleton's mental health history and resignation.

Part 4) Nixon's inner circle of people.

Part 5) The lack of unity amongst the candidates.

Cite specific examples from the text to support your answers.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

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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