Fear and Loathing: On the Campaign Trail '72 Test | Final 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 the author, which readers does he expect will understand his decision to defuse the situation with Mankiewicz?

2. What happens between Mankiewicz and Thompson in "August?"

3. As a result of what happened between Mankiewicz and Thompson in "August," what do Thompson and his friend suspect Mankiewicz will do in the near-future?

4. How does Thompson describe the unity sought by the journalists who indulged in some of the more raucous behaviors?

5. According to the subheading of "November," where is Thompson stoned?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe Thompson's thoughts on the Yin/Yang in regards to Nixon and McGovern.

3. Why is Thompson in such a dark mood in "October?"

4. How did passengers on the Zoo plane keep the politicians from boarding?

5. Why does the public find Mankowiecz so unsettling?

6. How does Thompson relate the politics of the campaign to the partying of the personnel?

7. In "November Concluded," what stories did Thompson tell about one of the female journalists?

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

9. Describe the activities of election day.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the relationship between the American Dream and the middle-class in the following format:

Part 1) Define the American Dream.

Part 2) What is the relationship between the middle-class and the upper-class?

Part 3) How are the middle classes represented on the campaign trail, especially in regards to Thompson's presence?

Part 4) The shrinking middle-class.

Part 5) Public policy and the government.

Cite specific examples from the text to support your answers.

Essay Topic 2

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.

Cite specific examples from the text to support your answers.

Essay Topic 3

By the time of the 1972 presidential election, how have politicians come to regard the youth vote and the African-American vote? How has the Vietnam War and the subsequent culture around it (for example, hippies, Woodstock, politically aware actors, and musicians) forced the politicians to start targeting the younger crowds for votes? How has this culture, alongside with the continuing struggling for civil rights, aided the African-American community in terms of the government focusing on their demographic?

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