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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. How many letters to a congressman did O'Rourke read before finding a thank-you letter?

2. On what day was George H. W. Bush's 1991 budget finally "hammered out"?

3. Who does O'Rourke say has more respect for their electorates than the American parties?

4. O'Rourke points out that the manual for what automobile is 4 times as long as the U.S. Constitution?

5. O'Rourke joked that George H. W. Bush donned a costume and went by what name?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does O'Rourke depict Washington journalists?

2. How does O'Rourke feel about Jesse Jackson's speech, which he watched from his hotel room?

3. Describe the world O'Rourke envisions when he points out the flaws of the "majority rules" system.

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

5. How does O'Rourke describe the day he shadowed a congressman?

6. What did O'Rourke learn from an anonymous functionary at the Department of Transportation?

7. 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?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What role did the media play in George H. W. Bush's popularity? How does O'Rourke characterize the media's feelings toward Bush? How does he seem to feel about the media's treatment of Bush? What is the significance of O'Rourke including this observation in his book? What point is he trying to make?

Essay Topic 2

Look at the significance of Jesse Jackson. What characteristics did O'Rourke see in Jackson that he was impressed by? What techniques does the author use to show that he is impressed by Jackson? Why does the author mention Jackson? What is he trying to say about him and about politicians in general?

Essay Topic 3

Explore O'Rourke's idea that the U.S. president is merely a symbol. What does he represent? What does O'Rourke believe the true role of the president of the U.S. is? What reasons does he give for feeling this way?

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