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 what way did the passengers on Thompson's plane assure their own entry?

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

3. After "November," what form does Thompson's writing take for the rest of the book?

4. For people who are uneasy with Thompson's style of political writing, what sort of writers does he suggest they follow to stay up-to-date with politics?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does Thompson mean when he says American politics are based on "perception and reality?"

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

5. Describe the confrontation between Mankiewicz and Thompson.

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

7. Why does the public find Mankowiecz so unsettling?

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

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

10. Describe the activities of election day.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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.

Essay Topic 2

Compare and contrast the Dakota Queen II and the Zoo Plane. How do the differences between the atmospheres of these two airplanes indicate that the end of the campaign is near? In what ways do their atmospheres signify the general mood of the campaign trail? Why do the journalists indulge as much as they do on the Zoo Plane? Why are all political personnel barred from flying on the Zoo Plane?

Essay Topic 3

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.

(see the answer keys)

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