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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. For which presidential candidate did Lloyd Bentsen run as vice president?
3. When O'Rourke paints a cynical picture of the concept of "majority rule," what does he say that all pants will be made of?
4. At what time of day was George H. W. Bush's 1991 budget finally "hammered out"?
5. In what year did a flag desecration case take place?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does O'Rourke describe one-minute speeches?
2. Why does O'Rourke believe that the United States government remains unchecked?
3. Why does O'Rourke seem to believe that being a congressman is a thankless job?
4. How does O'Rourke describe the partnership between Dukakis and Bentson?
5. What does O'Rourke say is the best way to truly understand the function of government?
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. To what does O'Rourke attribute the problem of the national deficit?
9. Describe O'Rourke's experience with the Young Americans Ball.
10. What did a study show about the Audi 500 and its supposed runaway car syndrome?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
The purpose of O'Rouke's book is to criticize the U.S. government and explain the problems he sees with it. Based on the ideas he shares in the book, what would O'Rourke's ideal government look like? How would it be run? How would citizens be treated? Use examples from the text to support your claims.
Essay Topic 2
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 3
Explore the author's feelings about the Republican and Democratic parties. How does he characterize Republicans and their ideals? How does he characterize Democrats and their ideals? What characteristic do the parties share? What faults does he find with each party? Does he say anything positive about each party?
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