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 did Eagleton refuse to disclose to the public and to his own party?

2. On the day of the election, where is the first place the personnel and press are taken?

3. How does Thompson feel about Nixon's circle of people?

4. How did the passengers of Thompson's plane react to others trying to join them on their flight?

5. While traveling on airplanes, what does the author break?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss Nixon and McGovern's respective campaigns in the following format:

Part 1) McGovern's policies.

Part 2) The Eagleton situation.

Part 3) Thompson's estimation of Nixon.

Part 4) The "Nazi-moves" of the Nixon administration.

Part 5) Thompson's interview with Nixon.

Part 6) Nixon's defeat of McGovern.

Cite specific examples from the text to support your answers.

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 Hunter S. Thompson's sense of being socially awkward around the other journalists in the following format:

Part 1) His employer.

Part 2) His drug use.

Part 3) His attire and roots.

Part 4) His attitudes about other politicians.

Part 5) His relationships with the other journalists.

Cite specific examples from the text to support your arguments.

(see the answer keys)

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