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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. Who does O'Rourke say has more respect for their electorates than the American parties?
(a) The Iranian republic.
(b) The Soviet Communists.
(c) The Canadian constitutional monarchy.
(d) The Saudi Arabian absolute monarchy.

3. At what time of day was George H. W. Bush's 1991 budget finally "hammered out"?
(a) 3:47 p.m.
(b) 5:07 a.m.
(c) 6:58 a.m.
(d) 10:15 p.m.

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

5. What was the name of the prophet who warned against a king that would take a 10th of his people's sheep?
(a) Daniel.
(b) Jonah.
(c) Paul.
(d) Samuel.

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

7. When O'Rourke paints a cynical picture of the concept of "majority rule," what does he say that every meal will be?
(a) Macaroni and cheese.
(b) Fried rice.
(c) Fried chicken.
(d) Pizza.

8. When all the delegates from both political parties get together, O'Rourke says they act like what club members?
(a) Rotarians.
(b) Shriners.
(c) Lions.
(d) Kiwanis.

9. George H. W. Bush ran his presidential campaign on the idea that he would be a second helping of whom?
(a) Jimmy Carter.
(b) Ronald Reagan.
(c) Richard Nixon.
(d) Gerald Ford.

10. On what day was a government study released on "runaway car syndrome"?
(a) June 2.
(b) March 7.
(c) May 22.
(d) April 16.

11. O'Rourke says that the 1988 presidential candidates were less well chosen than whom?
(a) Harvard law applicants.
(b) Holiday cashiers at Walmart.
(c) Miss America contestants.
(d) Prom kings and queens.

12. What exists in a state of perpetual failure because motion is valued above direction and achievement?
(a) The Republican party.
(b) The Democratic party.
(c) Social security.
(d) Government.

13. Who was the solicitor general during a flag desecration case?
(a) Kenneth Starr.
(b) Charles Fried.
(c) Rex E. Lee.
(d) Thurgood Marshall.

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

15. O'Rourke visited the Department of Transportation and was surprised to discover that many of the workers were fans of what?
(a) Video games.
(b) The Rolling Stones.
(c) Cars.
(d) "Star Wars."

Short Answer Questions

1. Who is the author of "The Power Game: How Washington Works"?

2. O'Rourke points out that the manual for what automobile is 4 times as long as the U.S. Constitution?

3. Who does O'Rourke believe increases bureaucracy by forcing the government to address people's frivolous complaints?

4. O'Rourke jokingly compared the political conventions to a special-occasion event, with whom in the broadcast booth?

5. Who told the Atlanta convention that the Democratic party "needs both its left wing and its right wing to fly"?

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