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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 O'Rourke paints a cynical picture of the concept of "majority rule," what does he say that all pants will be made of?

2. What year was it when O'Rourke attended the Democratic and Republican political conventions?

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

4. What was the name of the foundation that set up a commission to study the electorate?

5. In "Only Human in His Own Immortal Way: The President," O'Rourke mocks what Act?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does O'Rourke feel about George H. W. Bush's rise to fame?

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

3. Why does O'Rourke feels that Blatherboro is out of its depth when it comes to city planning?

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

5. Who does O'Rourke blame for the perceived poor state of the nation, and who does he let off the hook?

6. How does O'Rourke describe the USS Mobile Bay?

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

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

9. How does O'Rourke describe Blatherboro?

10. How does O'Rourke feel about Panama when he goes there in the wake of Operation Just Cause?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

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 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 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?

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