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. After "November," what form does Thompson's writing take for the rest of the book?

3. During the campaign Thomas reminisces about in "August," what did the police use to control the crowd?

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. How does Thompson balance his frantic writing with the long periods of boredom in "November?"

Short Essay Questions

1. During the demonstration of a previous campaign, what did Thompson realize about the police officers on the scene?

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

3. Why does the public find Mankowiecz so unsettling?

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

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

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

7. In "August," why does Thompson discuss a demonstration he witnessed during a previous campaign?

8. Describe the confrontation between Mankiewicz and Thompson.

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Discuss the presidential candidates in the following format. Be sure to mention how Thompson perceives each of these men and how he feels about them, as well as how they ran their campaign.

Part 1) George McGovern.

Part 2) Richard Nixon.

Part 3) Edmund Muskie.

Part 4) George Wallace.

Cite specific examples from the text to support your answers.

Essay Topic 3

Discuss these governmental and political concepts Thompson writes about in the following format:

Part 1) The voting demographic.

Part 2) The pendulum swing of politics.

Part 3) The frequent meet-and-greets with the constituents.

Part 4) Honesty and dishonesty.

Part 5) Speech writers.

Part 6) Pitching for votes.

Cite specific examples from the text to support your answers.

(see the answer keys)

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