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. Who does Thompson quote when he says, "Richard Nixon represents the dark side of the American spirit?"

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

3. What revelation does Thompson make to the readers about his intoxication on the airplane?

4. During the campaign Thomas reminisces about in "August," what did the police use to control the crowd?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How is Thompson's honesty a trademark of his writing?

3. What are Thompson's feelings about Nixon?

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

5. How does Thompson explain McGovern's lack of success?

6. Describe the confrontation between Mankiewicz and Thompson.

7. What are some of the behaviors exhibited by the journalists on the Zoo Plane?

8. What are some ways the author and his colleagues pass time on the airplane?

9. How does Thompson describe the drug use among the other journalists?

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 politicians and journalists in the following format:

Part 1) How journalists feel about politicians.

Part 2) How politicians feel about journalists.

Part 3) Thompson's opinions on politicians.

Part 4) Thompson's encounters with the politicians, especially Nixon.

Part 5) The Zoo Plane and its exclusivity.

Part 6) Thompson and Mankiewicz.

Cite specific examples from the text to support your answers.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Discuss Nixon and McGovern's respective campaigns in the following format:

Part 1) McGovern's policies.

Part 2) The Eagleton situation.

Part 3) Thompson's estimation of Nixon.

Part 4) The "Nazi-moves" of the Nixon administration.

Part 5) Thompson's interview with Nixon.

Part 6) Nixon's defeat of McGovern.

Cite specific examples from the text to support your answers.

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