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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. A high school textbook refers to what document as "a living document"?
(a) The U.S. Constitution.
(b) The Monroe Doctrine.
(c) The Declaration of Independence.
(d) The Magna Charta.

2. Who referred to lukewarm political relationships as "kiss on the lips but no tongue"?
(a) Adam Neal.
(b) Stephen Kerr.
(c) Fred Barnes.
(d) Matthew Reed.

3. Who was the attorney for the plaintiffs during a flag desecration case?
(a) Walker.
(b) Brennan.
(c) Johnson.
(d) Kunstler.

4. For how long has an agency had to deal with "runaway car syndrome"?
(a) 5 years.
(b) 20 years.
(c) 10 years.
(d) 15 years.

5. When did O'Rourke predict that there would be an election of significance?
(a) 2004.
(b) 1992.
(c) 1996.
(d) 2000.

6. What does O'Rourke say the venue where the Democratic convention was held is shaped like?
(a) A horse.
(b) A toilet.
(c) A morgue.
(d) A coffin.

7. How many letters from citizens does O'Rourke imagine that congressmen receive each year?
(a) Hundreds of thousands.
(b) A few thousand.
(c) More than one million.
(d) Tens of thousands.

8. Who is the author of "The Power Game: How Washington Works"?
(a) Hedrick Smith.
(b) Jason Watson.
(c) Christopher Cav.
(d) Jeffrey Simpson.

9. What newspaper called Dan Quayle an "avid reader" of "real live books"?
(a) The New York Times.
(b) The Wall Street Journal.
(c) USA Today.
(d) The Times-Union.

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

11. In what newspaper did an article about "runaway car syndrome" appear?
(a) New York Times.
(b) The Wall Street Journal.
(c) USA Today.
(d) The Washington Post.

12. Who was the keynote speaker at the 1988 Democratic convention?
(a) Bill Clinton.
(b) Ann Richards.
(c) Jim Hightower.
(d) Ted Kennedy.

13. Who does O'Rourke say is the only Democrat who came to the convention with real ideas?
(a) Michael Dukakis.
(b) Bill Clinton.
(c) Lloyd Bentsen.
(d) Jesse Jackson.

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

15. What is the name of the agency that dealt with an outbreak of "runaway car syndrome"?
(a) National Interstate Traffic Safety Administration.
(b) National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
(c) Federal Highway Traffic Safety Agency.
(d) Federal Interstate Traffic Safety Agency.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the name of the group of journalists who ask questions and take photos at the White House?

2. In what year was a government study released on "runaway car syndrome" in an Audi model?

3. On what day was George H. W. Bush's 1991 budget finally "hammered out"?

4. For what state was Dukakis governor in 1988?

5. When O'Rourke paints a cynical picture of the concept of "majority rule," what does he say will be the only thing on the shelves at libraries?

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