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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. For what state was Dukakis governor in 1988?
2. On what day was George H. W. Bush's 1991 budget finally "hammered out"?
3. Who was George H. W. Bush's running mate in 1988?
4. When did O'Rourke predict that there would be an election of significance?
5. Who does O'Rourke say has more respect for their electorates than the American parties?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does O'Rourke feel that the American political system is like a Mexican Christmas fiesta?
2. What does O'Rourke say is the best way to truly understand the function of government?
3. How does O'Rourke describe the partnership between Dukakis and Bentson?
4. How does O'Rourke feel about Jesse Jackson's speech, which he watched from his hotel room?
5. How does O'Rourke feel about George H. W. Bush's rise to fame?
6. 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?
7. Describe the world O'Rourke envisions when he points out the flaws of the "majority rules" system.
8. How does O'Rourke describe one-minute speeches?
9. Why does O'Rourke believe that the United States government remains unchecked?
10. How does O'Rourke explain what the Democrats and Republicans believe in?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
How does O'Rourke say the government essentially put itself into debt? How does the government spend its money, according to the author? What does O'Rourke say is the main reason the country is in debt? What techniques does the author use to express his feelings about the government's spending habits? What point is O'Rourke trying to make about the government and the citizens?
Essay Topic 2
The purpose of O'Rouke's book is to criticize the U.S. government and explain the problems he sees with it. Based on the ideas he shares in the book, what would O'Rourke's ideal government look like? How would it be run? How would citizens be treated? Use examples from the text to support your claims.
Essay Topic 3
How does the author describe journalists? How does he seem to feel about these people? What techniques does the author use to show his opinions of Washington journalists? Why might his feelings about journalists be ironic? Does he address this irony?
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