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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 does Hunter S. Thompson feel about politicians? How do politicians generally feel about Thompson? In what way is Thompson's outsider status as a writer for the counter-culture immediately setting him up as an adversary to all politicians? How does this affect his relationship to the Muskie campaign, as well as the McGovern campaign? Why does Frank Mankiewicz attack Thompson? How does all of this figure into Thompson's later declaration that he is going to run for the Senate?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss Thompson's experiences on the campaign trail and how he became burnt out on politics in the following format:

Part 1) Thompson's opinions on politicians and how he experienced the cogs of the machine.

Part 2) The drug use.

Part 3) Thompson's sense of displacement.

Part 4) Thompson's support of McGovern and McGovern's crippling loss.

Part 5) Nixon's re-election.

Part 6) Thompson's decision to become a sports writer.

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