Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. Why is Hunter Thompson going to Las Vegas at the beginning of the book?

Thompson is a journalist sent by a New York sporting magazine to cover the Mint 400, a motorcycle and dune buggy race located in the sandy outskirts of Las Vegas.

2. What worries Thompson about his and his attorney’s behavior in front of the hitchhiker, and what does Thompson decide to do about it?

Thompson wonders how long he and his attorney will be able to maintain any appearance of normalcy. In order to pre-empt any suspicions the hitchhiker might have, Thompson begins a fairly lucid explanation for their trip through the desert. He and his attorney, Thompson says, are in search of the American Dream.

3. How does Thompson get started on his journey to Las Vegas?

Thompson and his attorney had been sitting in the Polo Lounge at the Beverly Hills Hotel drinking Singapore Slings and getting high on mescaline when a dwarf approached with a pink telephone. The magazine Thompson works for ordered him to travel to Las Vegas for the Mint 400.

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