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Parliament of Whores: A Lone Humorist Attempts to Explain the Entire U.S. Government Test | Lesson Plans Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. At what time of day was George H. W. Bush's 1991 budget finally "hammered out"?

2. O'Rourke began the sub-section "Attack of the Midget Vote-suckers" by comparing conventions to what?

3. What ball did O'Rourke peek in on where he saw boogying and people playing the electric guitar?

4. When O'Rourke paints a cynical picture of the concept of "majority rule," what does he say will be the only thing on the shelves at libraries?

5. When O'Rourke paints a cynical picture of the concept of "majority rule," who does he say that all people will be married to?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does O'Rourke say that Blatherboro suffers from stupidity?

3. How does O'Rourke see a connection between the fear of crack cocaine in America and racism?

4. What does O'Rourke mean when he says that Social Security is like the nation picking its own pocket?

5. How does O'Rourke depict Washington journalists?

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

7. How does O'Rourke describe the partnership between Dukakis and Bentson?

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

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

10. How does O'Rourke explain what the Democrats and Republicans believe in?

Essay 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

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 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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