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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) Jim Bellows.
(c) Piers Morgan.
(d) Morton Kondracke.

2. On what day was George H. W. Bush's 1991 budget finally "hammered out"?
(a) July 3, 1990.
(b) October 27, 1990.
(c) January 2, 1991.
(d) August 15, 1990.

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

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

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

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

7. Who equated a belief in government to the "vapid" peace of mind experienced by church goers?
(a) Gloria Allred.
(b) Johnny Cochran.
(c) Clarence Darrow.
(d) Frank Levin.

8. Who does O'Rourke believe increases bureaucracy by forcing the government to address people's frivolous complaints?
(a) Advertising agencies.
(b) Consumer advocates.
(c) Print media.
(d) Angry parents.

9. What platform did O'Rourke say the Republicans ran on in 1988?
(a) The Dumb-Old-Dad platform.
(b) The Strict-Mom platform.
(c) The Over-Protective-Brother platform.
(d) The Sweet-Little-Sister platform.

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

11. What year did the Seneca Falls Declaration take place?
(a) 1848.
(b) 1856.
(c) 1902.
(d) 1894.

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

13. What does O'Rourke say is the term for an interview where "you didn't come here and I didn't say this"?
(a) "Nameless and faceless."
(b) "Off the record."
(c) "On background."
(d) "Anonymous."

14. What year was it when O'Rourke attended the Democratic and Republican political conventions?
(a) 1984.
(b) 1988.
(c) 1980.
(d) 1992.

15. What does O'Rourke describe as an organism whose sole purpose is to aggrandize those in power?
(a) The American government.
(b) The White House.
(c) The media.
(d) The election process.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does O'Rourke say the venue where the Democratic convention was held is shaped like?

2. When all the delegates from both political parties get together, O'Rourke says they act like what club members?

3. What party game does O'Rourke liken the American political system to?

4. Seeing the strange collection of tourists, journalists, and protesters, O'Rourke contemplated that Washington really needs what?

5. Who did O'Rourke credit with George H. W. Bush's meteoric rise to popularity?

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