Parliament of Whores: A Lone Humorist Attempts to Explain the Entire U.S. Government Test | Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. O'Rourke says that the 1988 presidential candidates were less well chosen than whom?

2. When O'Rourke paints a cynical picture of the concept of "majority rule," what does he say that every meal will be?

3. Who was the presidential candidate for the Republicans when O'Rourke visited the political conventions of both parties?

4. In what year was a government study released on "runaway car syndrome" in an Audi model?

5. Who has a reputation as being the unofficial fourth branch of government?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What did Ted Kennedy mean when he said "Where was George?"

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

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

6. How does O'Rourke describe the Democratic National Convention?

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

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

9. How does O'Rourke depict Washington journalists?

10. How does O'Rourke feel about the concept of political conventions?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What techniques does the author use to offer up his metaphor of the government's similarities to King George III? What are some of the examples he gives to support his claims? What does he say the founding fathers disagreed with King George III about?

Essay Topic 2

Why does O'Rourke say that the 1991 budget caused Bush to become less popular? What were the American people hoping for with Bush? What platform did he run on? How did increased taxes tie into into his decreased popularity?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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