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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. At what time of day was George H. W. Bush's 1991 budget finally "hammered out"?

2. O'Rourke began the sub-section "Attack of the Midget Vote-suckers" by comparing conventions to what?

3. What ball did O'Rourke peek in on where he saw boogying and people playing the electric guitar?

4. When O'Rourke paints a cynical picture of the concept of "majority rule," what does he say will be the only thing on the shelves at libraries?

5. When O'Rourke paints a cynical picture of the concept of "majority rule," who does he say that all people will be married to?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does O'Rourke say that Blatherboro suffers from stupidity?

3. How does O'Rourke see a connection between the fear of crack cocaine in America and racism?

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

5. How does O'Rourke depict Washington journalists?

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

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

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

9. Describe O'Rourke's experience with the Young Americans Ball.

10. How does O'Rourke explain what the Democrats and Republicans believe in?

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

How does the author characterize the U.S. government? What techniques does he use to convey his feelings about the government to the reader? What does he mean when he says the government goes unchecked? Who does he think should be checking it?

Essay Topic 2

Explore the significance of Michael Dukakis in the book. How does O'Rourke use Dukakis' past experience as governor to mock him? What problems did he see with the way Dukakis led? What problems did he see with the promises Dukakis made to the U.S. citizens?

Essay Topic 3

What is the significance of the story O'Rourke shares about shadowing a congressman on a "light" work day? What point is the author trying to make about congressmen and what is expected of them? How does O'Rourke feel about the general attitude toward congressmen? Are his feelings surprising to you? Why or why not? Use examples from the text to support your answer.

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