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. What does Thompson explain as being the result of an intense situation in regards to the reserve personnel during a campaign?

2. When Thompson refers to "the American Dream," what class does he posit has the most at stake in believing in that ideal?

3. How did the passengers of Thompson's plane react to others trying to join them on their flight?

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. In general, who flies on Thompson's preferred plane?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why do Thompson and his friend decide to resolve the Mankiewicz situation by leaving?

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

3. Describe the confrontation between Mankiewicz and Thompson.

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

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

6. Describe the activities of election day.

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

8. What are Thompson's feelings about Nixon's circle of people?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How did Eagleton undermine McGovern on the campaign trail? Why is it significant that he repressed his medical records? How did this make McGovern look to the public and why? How did McGovern's failure to act quickly ruin some of his credibility? How does Thompson note that all of these problems could have been avoided with honesty from the beginning? In what ways does this situation mark the end of McGovern's presidential aspirations?

Essay Topic 2

According to Thompson, why is the Chinese symbolism of Yin/Yang important to the 1972 election? How does he define "yin?" How does he define "yang?" How does he apply these concepts to McGovern and Nixon? In what ways does Thompson note that this is part of the pendulum swing in American politics? How is the public support of Nixon indicative of McGovern's policies in 1972?

Essay Topic 3

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.

(see the answer keys)

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