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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through The Three Branches of Government: Money, Television and Bullshit, pp. 85-108.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. "Runaway car syndrome" is a situation where a vehicle spontaneously does what?
(a) Fluctuates in speed independently of the driver's will.
(b) Fails to register as having a valid VIN number.
(c) Stops independently of the driver's will.
(d) Accelerates independently of the driver's will.

2. What party game does O'Rourke liken the American political system to?
(a) Pinata.
(b) Texas hold 'em.
(c) Pin the tail on the donkey.
(d) Spin the bottle.

3. Who was the presidential candidate for the Democrats when O'Rourke visited the political conventions of both parties?
(a) Bush.
(b) Carter.
(c) Clinton.
(d) Dukakis.

4. O'Rourke points out that the manual for what automobile is 4 times as long as the U.S. Constitution?
(a) Dodge Neon.
(b) Toyota Camry.
(c) Chevrolet Camero.
(d) Ford Mustang.

5. Seeing the strange collection of tourists, journalists, and protesters, O'Rourke contemplated that Washington really needs what?
(a) A security system.
(b) A dress code.
(c) Better education.
(d) A bouncer.

Short Answer Questions

1. When O'Rourke paints a cynical picture of the concept of "majority rule," who does he say that all people will be married to?

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

3. In what year did a national newspaper print a story about "runaway car syndrome"?

4. What is the name of the agency that dealt with an outbreak of "runaway car syndrome"?

5. In "Only Human in His Own Immortal Way: The President," O'Rourke mocks what Act?

(see the answer key)

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