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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. What was Dukakis' wife named?
(a) Marsha.
(b) Kitty.
(c) Rebecka.
(d) Christina.

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

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. In what year was a government study released on "runaway car syndrome" in an Audi model?

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

4. What Audi model does O'Rourke say was deemed unsafe because of "runaway car syndrome"?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Who does O'Rourke blame for the perceived poor state of the nation, and who does he let off the hook?

2. How does O'Rourke describe one-minute speeches?

3. How does O'Rourke feel about George H. W. Bush's 1991 budget?

4. How does O'Rourke feel about the Democratic speeches given during a visit to the House of Representatives?

5. How does O'Rourke feel about George H. W. Bush's rise to fame?

6. How does O'Rourke describe the day he shadowed a congressman?

7. How does O'Rourke depict Washington journalists?

8. How does O'Rourke describe the Republican and Democratic platforms during the 1988 elections?

9. Describe the world O'Rourke envisions when he points out the flaws of the "majority rules" system.

10. From O'Rourke's description, what does a congressman's job entail?

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