Fear and Loathing: On the Campaign Trail '72 Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. In "August," what does Thompson remember from a previous campaign?

3. According to the author, in what ways can deceit be considered relatively harmless?

4. What does the author believe occurs within Nixon's organization that helps to account for Nixon's success?

5. Who is Ron Ziegler?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Discuss the relationship between the American Dream and the middle-class in the following format:

Part 1) Define the American Dream.

Part 2) What is the relationship between the middle-class and the upper-class?

Part 3) How are the middle classes represented on the campaign trail, especially in regards to Thompson's presence?

Part 4) The shrinking middle-class.

Part 5) Public policy and the government.

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Essay Topic 2

What is gonzo journalism? What are the main characteristics of this writing style? How is Hunter S. Thompson connected to this type of writing? In what ways is gonzo journalism demonstrated in "Fear and Loathing: On the Campaign Trail '72?" What is the purpose of this style of journalism? How does this style help immerse the reader in the event that is being covered?

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.

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