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. In "August," what does Thompson remember from a previous campaign?

2. What is the name of the airplane which carries the reserve personnel during the campaign of 1972?

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

4. At the writing of this book, what do Americans realize about politics?

5. In what way did the passengers on Thompson's plane assure their own entry?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Why is Thompson the "rock-n-roll emissary" for politics?

6. Describe the confrontation between Mankiewicz and Thompson.

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

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

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

10. What does Thompson mean when he says American politics are based on "perception and reality?"

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

How does Hunter S. Thompson contribute to the downfall of Edmund Muskie? Why does Thompson particularly dislike this candidate? How is his reporting on the "rumor" of Muskie's addiction to Ibogaine indicative not only of gonzo journalism, but of other journalists' desire for any salacious or scandalous rumors to report on? How does this contribute to the ever-volatile relationship between politicians and journalists?

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