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. In what newspaper did an article about "runaway car syndrome" appear?

2. Who was the solicitor general during a flag desecration case?

3. O'Rourke says the Republican convention had the intellectual content of song lyrics by what band?

4. What is the name of the textbook that O'Rourke criticized for being boring?

5. O'Rourke jokingly compared the political conventions to a special-occasion event, with whom in the broadcast booth?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does O'Rourke depict Washington journalists?

4. 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?

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

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

7. What does O'Rourke say is the best way to truly understand the function of government?

8. Describe O'Rourke's experience with the Young Americans Ball.

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explore the title of O'Rourke's book. Who is he referring to when he speaks of the "parliament of whores"? Who are the "whores," and why does he use this word to describe this group? Use examples from the text to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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