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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. Seeing the strange collection of tourists, journalists, and protesters, O'Rourke contemplated that Washington really needs what?
(a) A bouncer.
(b) Better education.
(c) A security system.
(d) A dress code.

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

3. For what state was Dukakis governor in 1988?
(a) Virginia.
(b) Vermont.
(c) Maryland.
(d) Massachusetts.

4. In "Only Human in His Own Immortal Way: The President," O'Rourke mocks what Act?
(a) Patriot Act.
(b) Americans with Disabilities Act.
(c) Information Technology Act.
(d) Civil Rights Act.

5. How many pages was a government study released on "runaway car syndrome"?
(a) 123.
(b) 81.
(c) 146.
(d) 94.

Short Answer Questions

1. Who was the keynote speaker at the 1988 Democratic convention?

2. A high school textbook refers to what document as "a living document"?

3. What king did O'Rourke compare the U.S. government to?

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

5. What was the name of the prophet who warned against a king that would take a 10th of his people's sheep?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does O'Rourke feel about the concept of political conventions?

2. To what does O'Rourke attribute the problem of the national deficit?

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

4. What examples does O'Rourke give to say that America's government now embodies the same tyrannical bent that compelled the American colonies to secede from England?

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

6. How does O'Rourke feel about Jesse Jackson's speech, which he watched from his hotel room?

7. How does O'Rourke feel that consumer advocates compel increased bureaucracy?

8. What does O'Rourke say is the best way to truly understand the function of government?

9. What problems does O'Rourke see with the U.S. Constitution?

10. Why does O'Rourke believe that the United States government remains unchecked?

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