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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. When all the delegates from both political parties get together, O'Rourke says they act like what club members?
2. How often does the press secretary at the White House field questions from the media?
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. In what year was a government study released on "runaway car syndrome" in an Audi model?
5. Who was the presidential candidate for the Republicans when O'Rourke visited the political conventions of both parties?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does O'Rourke describe one-minute speeches?
2. Why does O'Rourke seem to think his family was stronger because they were not given any help?
3. How does O'Rourke feel about the seriousness of the problem of crack cocaine in America?
4. Describe O'Rourke's experience when he joined the Guardian Angels on a drug den raid.
5. How does O'Rourke describe the day he shadowed a congressman?
6. Why does O'Rourke say that Blatherboro suffers from stupidity?
7. What did Ted Kennedy mean when he said "Where was George?"
8. How does O'Rourke depict Washington journalists?
9. Why does O'Rourke say that George H. W. Bush's popularity plummeted?
10. From O'Rourke's description, what does a congressman's job entail?
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
Explore O'Rourke's story concerning runaway car syndrome and the hype around it. What does runaway car syndrome have to do with bureaucracy? How do instances like runaway car syndrome seem to fuel increased bureaucracy? How does O'Rourke seem to feel about increased bureaucracy in the U.S. government? What techniques does the author use to convey these feelings?
Essay Topic 3
Explore O'Rourke's views on the two presidential conventions he visits. How does O'Rourke describe the Republican convention? How does he describe the Democratic convention? In what ways are the conventions similar? How are they different?
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