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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. Who does O'Rourke say has more respect for their electorates than the American parties?
2. In what year did a flag desecration case take place?
3. Who was the presidential candidate for the Republicans when O'Rourke visited the political conventions of both parties?
4. When O'Rourke paints a cynical picture of the concept of "majority rule," what does he say that every meal will be?
5. O'Rourke points out that the manual for what automobile is 4 times as long as the U.S. Constitution?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does O'Rourke describe one-minute speeches?
2. What does O'Rourke think about the modern high school civics text book?
3. How does O'Rourke feel about the Democratic speeches given during a visit to the House of Representatives?
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 day he shadowed a congressman?
6. Describe O'Rourke's experience with the Young Americans Ball.
7. How does O'Rourke feel about the concept of political conventions?
8. How does O'Rourke depict Washington journalists?
9. How does O'Rourke feel that consumer advocates compel increased bureaucracy?
10. How does O'Rourke feel about Jesse Jackson's speech, which he watched from his hotel room?
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
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 perspective used in this nonfiction work. How would O'Rourke's lessons about the government be different if they were written from a third-person perspective, like they would be in a text book? What could the reader gain from a less personal perspective? What is gained from the first-person perspective and the first-hand examples that he uses instead?
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