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. How does Thompson allow his readers for the Rolling Stone to follow his journey into the political arena?

3. After "November," what form does Thompson's writing take for the rest of the book?

4. What are some of the activities that take place on the wilder plane during the campaign?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Eagleton affect McGovern's campaign run?

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 does Thompson relate the politics of the campaign to the partying of the personnel?

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

6. Describe the confrontation between Mankiewicz and Thompson.

7. Describe the activities of election day.

8. Why does the public find Mankowiecz so unsettling?

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

10. In "August," why does Thompson discuss a demonstration he witnessed during a previous campaign?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Why is Hunter S. Thompson so compelling as a writer and a subject? In what way does he contribute to his own mystique, despite his honesty and brutal looks at himself? In what way does he exemplify his notions of "perception and reality?" Despite his rebellious ways, why is Thompson so readily accepted by the upper class? In what ways does Thompson resent his public image even as he contributes to it?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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