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. After Thompson's encounter with Mankiewicz, how does the author's friend recommend they defuse the situation?

2. Who is Ron Ziegler?

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

4. How do people who are uninterested in politics react to Thompson's writing?

5. What is the date of election day in this book?

Short Essay Questions

1. In what ways is Thompson introducing new readers to the world of politics?

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

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

4. How does Thompson describe the passengers of Dakota Queen II?

5. How does Thompson describe the varying roles of and attitudes toward professional speech writers?

6. Why did Ron Ziegler become Nixon's PR man?

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

8. Describe the confrontation between Mankiewicz and Thompson.

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

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

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

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

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?

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