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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. In general, who flies on Thompson's preferred plane?
2. What is the tone of "October?"
3. At the writing of this book, what do Americans realize about politics?
4. Whom did Bobby Kennedy refer to as "the most decent man in the Senate?"
5. Why is Thompson in his present mood in "October?"
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
How does Hunter S. Thompson contribute to the downfall of Edmund Muskie? Why does Thompson particularly dislike this candidate? How is his reporting on the "rumor" of Muskie's addiction to Ibogaine indicative not only of gonzo journalism, but of other journalists' desire for any salacious or scandalous rumors to report on? How does this contribute to the ever-volatile relationship between politicians and journalists?
Essay Topic 3
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?
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