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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

Explore O'Rourke's hypothetical U.S. budget. What does he feel about taxes? What does he cut from the budget? What seems to be the main goal of his budget? Do you think his proposed budget is plausible? Why or why not? Use examples from the text to support your ideas.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Explore the Supreme Court's 1990 ruling that flag burning cannot be prohibited. What is the significance of the author mentioning this ruling? Why does O'Rourke believe that the Supreme Court ruled that flag burning cannot be prohibited? What does the ruling seem to convey about how the Supreme Court works? What are O'Rourke's feelings about the Supreme Court?

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