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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the name of the poem that ends "November Concluded?"

2. Fill in the blanks: According to Thompson, American politics have changed from being based on "charisma" to "_______ and ________."

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

4. According to Thompson, what sort of person is considered to be more of the "yang" in the Yin/Yang?

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

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

By the time of the 1972 presidential election, how have politicians come to regard the youth vote and the African-American vote? How has the Vietnam War and the subsequent culture around it (for example, hippies, Woodstock, politically aware actors, and musicians) forced the politicians to start targeting the younger crowds for votes? How has this culture, alongside with the continuing struggling for civil rights, aided the African-American community in terms of the government focusing on their demographic?

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