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. "Runaway car syndrome" is a situation where a vehicle spontaneously does what?

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

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

4. Which Amendment to the U.S. Constitution gives women the right to vote?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does O'Rourke feel that consumer advocates compel increased bureaucracy?

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

5. How does O'Rourke depict Washington journalists?

6. How does O'Rourke feel about George H. W. Bush's 1991 budget?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explore O'Rourke's view of special interest groups. What does the author dislike about special interest groups? How does he characterize them? How does he characterize the people who are involved in them? What specific groups does he talk about? What problems does he see with them? What role does he believe special interest groups play in the politics?

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

How does the author describe journalists? How does he seem to feel about these people? What techniques does the author use to show his opinions of Washington journalists? Why might his feelings about journalists be ironic? Does he address this irony?

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