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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. How many ninth graders were at the high school in O'Rourke's town?
(a) 324.
(b) 67.
(c) 124.
(d) 445.

2. What does O'Rourke call the people who join special interest groups?
(a) Enduringly Inflamed.
(b) Permanently Violent.
(c) Perennially Indignant.
(d) Perpetually Vehement.

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

4. The author blames the savings and loan collapse on soaring interest rates caused by what administration?
(a) Reagan.
(b) Bush.
(c) Ford.
(d) Carter.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Hoping to see poverty first hand, O'Rourke took a trip where?

2. What is the name of the psychiatric professor that O'Rourke talked to about the crack cocaine problem?

3. What was O'Rourke's family's socioeconomic status when he was a child?

4. O'Rourke attended a housing rally that took place where?

5. Soldiers told about fighting in Panama in what magazine?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does O'Rourke seem to think his family was stronger because they were not given any help?

2. How did Blatherboro block the completion of a local golf course?

3. Why does O'Rourke feels that Blatherboro is out of its depth when it comes to city planning?

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

5. How does O'Rourke feel about American poverty at the beginning of "Poverty Policy: How to Endow Privation"?

6. Why does O'Rourke believe that a lot of money should be spent on the American military?

7. Why does O'Rourke feel that the best policy for dealing with Afghani Pathan tribesman is to just stay away from them?

8. Describe O'Rourke's experience when he joined the Guardian Angels on a drug den raid.

9. How does O'Rourke feel about claims of collateral damage during Operation Just Cause?

10. What does O'Rourke see when he spends an evening with the Washington DC police department?

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