Parliament of Whores: A Lone Humorist Attempts to Explain the Entire U.S. Government Quiz | Eight Week Quiz B

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through The Dictatorship of Boredom, pp. 27-48.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. O'Rourke jokingly compared the political conventions to a special-occasion event, with whom in the broadcast booth?
(a) Matt Lauer.
(b) Bryant Gumbel.
(c) Katie Couric.
(d) Kathy Lee Gifford.

2. Who told the Atlanta convention that the Democratic party "needs both its left wing and its right wing to fly"?
(a) Bill Clinton.
(b) George H. W. Bush.
(c) Michael Dukakis.
(d) Jesse Jackson.

3. For which presidential candidate did Lloyd Bentsen run as vice president?
(a) Dukakis.
(b) Perot.
(c) Reagan.
(d) Bush.

4. O'Rourke joked that George H. W. Bush donned a costume and went by what name?
(a) Conservativeman.
(b) Republicanman.
(c) The Conservanator.
(d) Mr. Texas.

5. What is the name of the textbook that O'Rourke criticized for being boring?
(a) "The United States and You."
(b) "American Government."
(c) "American Civics."
(d) "The House and the Whip."

Short Answer Questions

1. O'Rourke says the Republican convention had the intellectual content of song lyrics by what band?

2. What year did the Seneca Falls Declaration take place?

3. What was the name of the prophet who warned against a king that would take a 10th of his people's sheep?

4. What political party did Lloyd Bentsen belong to?

5. Who has a reputation as being the unofficial fourth branch of government?

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