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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. Who was the keynote speaker at the 1988 Democratic convention?

3. O'Rourke revealed that congressmen use what items that offer a summary of a proposed bill?

4. What does O'Rourke say the venue where the Democratic convention was held is shaped like?

5. Who said Dan Quayle was "well-informed, intelligent, candid and engaging"?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

3. How does O'Rourke feel that the American political system is like a Mexican Christmas fiesta?

4. How does O'Rourke depict Washington journalists?

5. Why does O'Rourke believe that the United States government remains unchecked?

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

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

8. How does O'Rourke feel about the Democratic speeches given during a visit to the House of Representatives?

9. What does O'Rourke think about the modern high school civics text book?

10. How does O'Rourke describe the Democratic National Convention?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Why does O'Rourke say that the 1991 budget caused Bush to become less popular? What were the American people hoping for with Bush? What platform did he run on? How did increased taxes tie into into his decreased popularity?

Essay Topic 3

Explore O'Rourke's idea that the U.S. president is merely a symbol. What does he represent? What does O'Rourke believe the true role of the president of the U.S. is? What reasons does he give for feeling this way?

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