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 is the name of the airplane which carries the reserve personnel during the campaign of 1972?

2. What two people does Thompson compare to the Yin/Yang?

3. In Miami in 1972, how do the sit-ins and protests compare to Thompson's experiences on other campaign trails?

4. During "September," what does Thompson predict will happen in the election?

5. What is the date of election day in this book?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe the activities of election day.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. How does Thompson explain McGovern's lack of success?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

How does Thompson simultaneously both promote and subvert honesty in journalism? In what ways is his account of the campaign trail in 1972 completely accurate? In what ways is it factually incorrect? How does his use of satire and exaggerations help to engage the reader into experiencing what the author is experiencing? How do some of his exaggerations undermine some of the presidential candidates? How does this relate to Thompson's annoyance at the dishonesty present in several politicians?

Essay Topic 3

How do the journalists begin to deal with their crippling boredom a few months into the campaign trail? How does this affect the drug use among the writers? Why does Thompson find himself amused and validated by their actions? What is the Zoo Plane? What are some of the activities that happen on the plane? Why do the writers become more hedonistic as the campaign falters? How does this reflect upon the journalists' dedication to their work?

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