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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. Why is Thompson in his present mood in "October?"
3. How does Thompson describe the "yin" of the Yin/Yang?
4. Fill in the blanks: Regarding the combination of alcohol and marijuana, one of the female reporters describes taking the drugs as the adult version of ______ and _______.
5. What are some of the activities that take place on the wilder plane during the campaign?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why is Thompson the "rock-n-roll emissary" for politics?
2. What are Thompson's opinions on what Americans want from their leaders?
3. How does Thompson describe the drug use among the other journalists?
4. What are Thompson's feelings about Nixon?
5. In what ways is Thompson introducing new readers to the world of politics?
6. How does Thompson describe the passengers of Dakota Queen II?
7. During the demonstration of a previous campaign, what did Thompson realize about the police officers on the scene?
8. In "August," why does Thompson discuss a demonstration he witnessed during a previous campaign?
9. Why do Thompson and his friend decide to resolve the Mankiewicz situation by leaving?
10. In "November Concluded," what stories did Thompson tell about one of the female journalists?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
In what ways are Hunter S. Thompson's encounters throughout this book indicative of the class struggles in America in 1972? How is Thompson regarded in terms of class? How does this affect his writing? In what ways are these class struggles particularly apparent in the meet-and-greets with different constituents?
Essay Topic 2
Discuss Thompson's experiences on the campaign trail and how he became burnt out on politics in the following format:
Part 1) Thompson's opinions on politicians and how he experienced the cogs of the machine.
Part 2) The drug use.
Part 3) Thompson's sense of displacement.
Part 4) Thompson's support of McGovern and McGovern's crippling loss.
Part 5) Nixon's re-election.
Part 6) Thompson's decision to become a sports writer.
Cite specific examples from the text to support your answers.
Essay Topic 3
How does Thompson simultaneously both promote and subvert honesty in journalism? In what ways is his account of the campaign trail in 1972 completely accurate? In what ways is it factually incorrect? How does his use of satire and exaggerations help to engage the reader into experiencing what the author is experiencing? How do some of his exaggerations undermine some of the presidential candidates? How does this relate to Thompson's annoyance at the dishonesty present in several politicians?
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