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 two people does Thompson compare to the Yin/Yang?

2. In Thompson's account of the airplane arrangements, how do several people view being forced onto the Dakota Queen II?

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

4. How does Thompson describe the "yin" of the Yin/Yang?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Thompson's thoughts on the Yin/Yang in regards to Nixon and McGovern.

2. Describe the confrontation between Mankiewicz and Thompson.

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

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

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

6. What does Thompson believe about the middle-class?

7. What are Thompson's feelings about Nixon?

8. What are Thompson's opinions on what Americans want from their leaders?

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

10. Describe the activities of election day.

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

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?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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