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 the author believe occurs within Nixon's organization that helps to account for Nixon's success?

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

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

4. In the author's discussion of the ethos of American politics, what is perception?

5. What does Thompson allude to having happened with the female reporter who indulged in both marijuana and alcohol?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe the activities of election day.

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

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

5. How does Thompson describe the drug use among the other journalists?

6. What are Thompson's feelings about Nixon?

7. Why do Thompson and his friend decide to resolve the Mankiewicz situation by leaving?

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

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

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

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

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.

Cite specific examples from the text to support your answers.

Essay Topic 3

Compare and contrast the Dakota Queen II and the Zoo Plane. How do the differences between the atmospheres of these two airplanes indicate that the end of the campaign is near? In what ways do their atmospheres signify the general mood of the campaign trail? Why do the journalists indulge as much as they do on the Zoo Plane? Why are all political personnel barred from flying on the Zoo Plane?

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