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

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

3. O'Rourke comes to the conclusion that the president's role in government is largely symbolic after referring to a presidential agenda from what day?
(a) April 4, 1989.
(b) December 31, 1988.
(c) May 13, 1991.
(d) July 25, 1990.

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

5. Who was the presidential candidate for the Republicans when O'Rourke visited the political conventions of both parties?
(a) Dukakis.
(b) Reagan.
(c) Bush.
(d) Carter.

Short Answer Questions

1. What was the name of the foundation that set up a commission to study the electorate?

2. Who was Dukakis considering as a running mate before he picked Lloyd Bentsen?

3. When all the delegates from both political parties get together, O'Rourke says they act like what club members?

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

5. O'Rourke says the Republican convention had the intellectual content of song lyrics by what band?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does O'Rourke describe the partnership between Dukakis and Bentson?

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

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

4. How does O'Rourke feel that the American political system is like a Mexican Christmas fiesta?

5. Explain how the government wastes billions of dollars on farm subsidies, according to O'Rourke.

6. What does O'Rourke mean when he says that Social Security is like the nation picking its own pocket?

7. How does O'Rourke feel about his town government blocking the building of a golf course?

8. How does O'Rourke feel about the housing project he visits in Newark?

9. How does O'Rourke describe Blatherboro?

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

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