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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Hoping to see poverty first hand, O'Rourke took a trip where?
(a) Queens.
(b) Staten Island.
(c) Manhattan.
(d) The Bronx.

2. What was O'Rourke's family's socioeconomic status when he was a child?
(a) O'Rourke grew up in a middle-class family.
(b) O'Rourke grew up in a very wealthy family.
(c) O'Rourke grew up in poverty and lived in government housing.
(d) O'Rourke grew up in a poor family.

3. O'Rourke says that because America is the richest nation on Earth, he is surprised to still what on the street?
(a) Prostitutes.
(b) Rats.
(c) Bicycles.
(d) Beggars.

4. Who was the acting director of Public Affairs at Customs when O'Rourke's book was written?
(a) Dick Weart.
(b) Albert Collins.
(c) Mario Perez.
(d) Mike Mullin.

5. Who said, "Everybody wants to go to heaven, but nobody wants to die"?
(a) Albert Collins.
(b) Dick Weart.
(c) Mario Perez.
(d) Mike Mullin.

6. O'Rourke argues that modern, poor Americans earn greater income than the middle-class Americans of what year?
(a) 1850.
(b) 1975.
(c) 1930.
(d) 1900.

7. What was the school drop-out rate in O'Rourke's town?
(a) 11 percent.
(b) 23 percent.
(c) 36 percent.
(d) 42 percent.

8. In what year did the government begin formulating agricultural policy?
(a) 1794.
(b) 1811.
(c) 1901.
(d) 1889.

9. What was the name of O'Rourke's friend who learned to fly a stunt plane and decided to raise cattle?
(a) Wendell.
(b) Adam.
(c) Patrick.
(d) George.

10. How did O'Rourke feel about the USS Mobile Bay?
(a) He thought it was a waste of government money.
(b) He was unimpressed.
(c) He thought it was a great investment by the government.
(d) He saw it as a terrible move for foreign policy.

11. O'Rourke says that special interest sounds like something out of a cartoon by whom?
(a) Thomas Nast.
(b) Daryl Cagle.
(c) J. P. Trostle.
(d) John Chase.

12. O'Rourke says the hysteria over drugs in the middle class could be the product of what?
(a) Sexist.
(b) Agoraphobia.
(c) A corrupt prison system.
(d) Racism.

13. O'Rourke says a cheap alternative to fix the failing school system could involve sending the children to what kind of school?
(a) Military.
(b) Boarding.
(c) Baptist.
(d) Catholic.

14. What does O'Rourke say is the ultimate special interest group?
(a) Energy Lobby.
(b) National Rifle Association.
(c) Social Security.
(d) Sierra Club.

15. In a disclaimer to the section, "Defense Policy: Cry 'Havoc!' and Let Slip the Hogs of Peace," O'Rourke says he now feels that what war may prove profitable?
(a) The Vietnam War.
(b) The Civil War.
(c) The Gulf War.
(d) The Cold War.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who was the deputy chief of the DEA's Cocaine Desk when O'Rourke's book was written?

2. O'Rourke visits Afghanistan to cover the expected fall of what city?

3. How many poor people does O'Rourke say ask him for money on his way to work every day?

4. O'Rourke accuses ecological activists of ignoring what?

5. How much money does O'Rourke believe the government wastes on farm subsidies?

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