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. What is the name of the agency that dealt with an outbreak of "runaway car syndrome"?

2. O'Rourke joked that George H. W. Bush donned a costume and went by what name?

3. O'Rourke presents an unflattering picture of House Democratic efforts to talk environmentalism in advance of what?

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

5. O'Rourke recalls shadowing whom for a day?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does O'Rourke suppose that most Americans feel about the United States government?

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

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

5. What problems does O'Rourke see with the U.S. Constitution?

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

7. Why does O'Rourke say that George H. W. Bush's popularity plummeted?

8. 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?

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

10. How does O'Rourke describe the day he shadowed a congressman?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Explore the Supreme Court's 1990 ruling that flag burning cannot be prohibited. What is the significance of the author mentioning this ruling? Why does O'Rourke believe that the Supreme Court ruled that flag burning cannot be prohibited? What does the ruling seem to convey about how the Supreme Court works? What are O'Rourke's feelings about the Supreme Court?

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