Generation of Swine: Tales of Shame and Degradation in the '80s Test | Mid-Book 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 Worst People in the World," Thompson claimed to be applying for what?

2. The friend who called Thompson in "Showdown in the Pig Palace" was what profession?

3. What Haitian dictator had fallen, in "Kill Them Before They Eat?"

4. What concert did Thompson watch on "Memo from the War Room?"

5. What event did Thompson attend, in "A Clean, Ill-Lighted Place?"

Short Essay Questions

1. What did Thompson state in his author's note that he cited more than any other source? Why?

2. Who did Thompson encounter in "Strictly Business"? What interaction took place?

3. How did Thompson compare the Chinese government's drug wars to the U.S. government's?

4. What took place in Thompson's episodic "Last Dance in Dumb Town"?

5. What did Thompson write about Lester Maddox in the book?

6. How did Thompson explain the Khadafy situation in "The American Century"?

7. Where did Thompson go in "The Beast with Three Backs"? Why?

8. Why did Thompson place the bet he did in "Meat Sickness"?

9. Describe Thompson's plans in "The Worst People in the World."

10. Where was Thompson traveling in "Last Train from Chicago"? Who did he encounter?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain the events which took place in Haiti during the late 1980s. What was Reagan's reaction to Haiti's shift in power?

Essay Topic 2

Explain the details of the Iran-Contra scandal. Who was involved? How did it affect American policy?

Essay Topic 3

Discuss the events surrounding the Chernobyl disaster. How many people were killed? Why did Thompson discuss this event?

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