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. In "November Continued," who is barred from flying with Thompson and the others on their plane?

2. According to Thompson, what unprecedented occurrence happens in October of 1972?

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

4. As a result of what happened between Mankiewicz and Thompson in "August," what do Thompson and his friend suspect Mankiewicz will do in the near-future?

5. When Thompson refers to "the American Dream," what class does he posit has the most at stake in believing in that ideal?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Eagleton affect McGovern's campaign run?

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

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

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

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

6. Why does the public find Mankowiecz so unsettling?

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

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

9. How is Thompson's honesty a trademark of his writing?

10. What are some ways the author and his colleagues pass time on the airplane?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

How did Eagleton undermine McGovern on the campaign trail? Why is it significant that he repressed his medical records? How did this make McGovern look to the public and why? How did McGovern's failure to act quickly ruin some of his credibility? How does Thompson note that all of these problems could have been avoided with honesty from the beginning? In what ways does this situation mark the end of McGovern's presidential aspirations?

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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