Fear and Loathing: On the Campaign Trail '72 Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Fill in the blanks: According to Thompson, American politics have changed from being based on "charisma" to "_______ and ________."

2. What does the author believe Americans want and need?

3. In his memory of a previous campaign, what does Thompson realize about the police officers?

4. In a tongue-in-cheek reference to his employment by the "Rolling Stone," how does Thompson refer to his position as a political writer?

5. During the flight in "November," to whom is Thompson referring when he discusses "rebellion amongst the docile"?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Discuss these governmental and political concepts Thompson writes about in the following format:

Part 1) The voting demographic.

Part 2) The pendulum swing of politics.

Part 3) The frequent meet-and-greets with the constituents.

Part 4) Honesty and dishonesty.

Part 5) Speech writers.

Part 6) Pitching for votes.

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

What is significant about Jerry Rubin boarding Muskie's train with Thompson's credentials? How does Rubin behave and how does this reflect on Thompson? Despite his actions, what valid points do Rubin and his colleague bring up during Muskie's final speech? How does this ultimately discredit Muskie as a presidential candidate? What is the purpose of the promise of bringing ten thousand naked hippies to peacefully protest and demonstrate during a convention in Florida? How is this indicative of the changing political climate in America?

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