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

2. What is particularly noteworthy of Thompson's writing style, in regards to the tales of his and his colleagues more indulgent behavior?

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

4. During "September," what does Thompson predict will happen in the election?

5. What level of recognition is finally granted to Thompson during "September?"

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does the public find Mankowiecz so unsettling?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. Why is Thompson in such a dark mood in "October?"

10. Why does the book turn into a series of dialogues and monologues after Chapter 11?

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 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

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?

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