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. In the author's discussion of the ethos of American politics, what is perception?

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

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

4. What does Thompson explain as being the result of an intense situation in regards to the reserve personnel during a campaign?

5. According to those who approve of professional speech writers, what purpose do the writers serve for the politicians?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. Describe the confrontation between Mankiewicz and Thompson.

7. Why is Thompson the "rock-n-roll emissary" for politics?

8. Describe the activities of election day.

9. What are Thompson's feelings about Nixon?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is significant about Jerry Rubin boarding Muskie's train with Thompson's credentials? How does Rubin behave and how does this reflect on Thompson? Despite his actions, what valid points do Rubin and his colleague bring up during Muskie's final speech? How does this ultimately discredit Muskie as a presidential candidate? What is the purpose of the promise of bringing ten thousand naked hippies to peacefully protest and demonstrate during a convention in Florida? How is this indicative of the changing political climate in America?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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