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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. In what year did a flag desecration case take place?
(a) 1990.
(b) 1991.
(c) 1988.
(d) 1989.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

13. What was the name of the foundation that set up a commission to study the electorate?
(a) The John and Mary R. Markle Foundation.
(b) The Jeffrey and Michelle H. Wright Foundation.
(c) The Thomas and Ruth B. Martin Foundation.
(d) The Roy and Carol G. Bernath Foundation.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. At what time of day was George H. W. Bush's 1991 budget finally "hammered out"?

2. What brand of beer does O'Rourke mention when saying that "runaway car syndrome" is the result of drinking while driving?

3. How often does the press secretary at the White House field questions from the media?

4. Who does O'Rourke say is the only Democrat who came to the convention with real ideas?

5. How many letters to a congressman did O'Rourke read before finding a thank-you letter?

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