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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. In what year did a national newspaper print a story about "runaway car syndrome"?
(a) 1970.
(b) 1978.
(c) 1986.
(d) 1990.

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

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

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

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

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

8. When O'Rourke paints a cynical picture of the concept of "majority rule," what does he say that all pants will be made of?
(a) Twill.
(b) Khaki.
(c) Wool.
(d) Denim.

9. What city does O'Rourke describe as having a climate like the inside of a locked van in the Sahara?
(a) Dallas.
(b) Atlanta.
(c) Charleston.
(d) Miami.

10. How long did Jesse Jackson propose to freeze military spending?
(a) Two years.
(b) Five years.
(c) Four years.
(d) One year.

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

12. O'Rourke revealed that congressmen use what items that offer a summary of a proposed bill?
(a) An "info guide."
(b) An "info sheet."
(c) A "cheat sheet."
(d) A "cheat card."

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

14. How often does the press secretary at the White House field questions from the media?
(a) Once a week.
(b) Twice a day.
(c) Once a day.
(d) Every other day.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. In what year did a flag desecration case take place?

2. What television program ran a story about "runaway car syndrome" in an Audi model?

3. According to a study by a foundation, what percent of Americans did not know what party Llotd Bentsen was affiliated with during an election?

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

5. How did O'Rourke describe Reagan's social programs?

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