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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. What Audi model does O'Rourke say was deemed unsafe because of "runaway car syndrome"?

2. According to a study by a foundation, what percent of Americans did not know what party Llotd Bentsen was affiliated with during an election?

3. O'Rourke comes to the conclusion that the president's role in government is largely symbolic after referring to a presidential agenda from what day?

4. Who told the Atlanta convention that the Democratic party "needs both its left wing and its right wing to fly"?

5. In what year did a flag desecration case take place?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does O'Rourke suppose that most Americans feel about the United States government?

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 the concept of political conventions?

6. What did a study show about the Audi 500 and its supposed runaway car syndrome?

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

8. How does O'Rourke describe the Republican and Democratic platforms during the 1988 elections?

9. Why does O'Rourke seem to believe that being a congressman is a thankless job?

10. To what does O'Rourke attribute the problem of the national deficit?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

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

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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