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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who said Dan Quayle was "well-informed, intelligent, candid and engaging"?
(a) Joseph Pulitzer.
(b) Morton Kondracke.
(c) Piers Morgan.
(d) Jim Bellows.

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

3. How many pages was a government study released on "runaway car syndrome"?
(a) 81.
(b) 146.
(c) 123.
(d) 94.

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

5. Which Amendment to the U.S. Constitution gives women the right to vote?
(a) The 19th.
(b) The 4th.
(c) The 8th.
(d) The 12th.

6. What television program ran a story about "runaway car syndrome" in an Audi model?
(a) "NBC Nightly News."
(b) "Dateline."
(c) "60 Minutes."
(d) "The Today Show."

7. What are the speeches called that O'Rourke heard when he visited the House of Representatives?
(a) One minutes.
(b) Five minutes.
(c) 10 minutes.
(d) Three minutes.

8. What king did O'Rourke compare the U.S. government to?
(a) George III.
(b) Richard.
(c) Solomon.
(d) Henry V.

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

10. Where was the Republican convention held that O'Rourke attended?
(a) Washington, D.C.
(b) Seattle.
(c) Chicago.
(d) New Orleans.

11. How did O'Rourke describe Reagan's social programs?
(a) Luke warm.
(b) Genius.
(c) Sympathetic.
(d) Heartless.

12. What brand of beer does O'Rourke mention when saying that "runaway car syndrome" is the result of drinking while driving?
(a) Pabst.
(b) Miller.
(c) Heineken.
(d) Budweiser.

13. Who did O'Rourke blame for the poor state of the nation?
(a) The American people.
(b) The politicians.
(c) The Middle East.
(d) The media.

14. When O'Rourke paints a cynical picture of the concept of "majority rule," who does he say that all people will be married to?
(a) Mel Gibson.
(b) Brad Pitt.
(c) Robert Redford.
(d) Bruce Willis.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Who was the keynote speaker at the 1988 Democratic convention?

2. Who equated a belief in government to the "vapid" peace of mind experienced by church goers?

3. What does O'Rourke describe as an organism whose sole purpose is to aggrandize those in power?

4. O'Rourke says that the 1988 presidential candidates were less well chosen than whom?

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

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