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. How does Thompson describe the unity sought by the journalists who indulged in some of the more raucous behaviors?

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

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

4. According to those who disapprove of professional speech writers, what is revealed when politicians use these writers?

5. According to Thompson, what is the death knell for the campaign?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What does Thompson believe about the middle-class?

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

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

7. What are some of the behaviors exhibited by the journalists on the Zoo Plane?

8. Describe the confrontation between Mankiewicz and Thompson.

9. Describe the activities of election day.

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

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?

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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