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. When O'Rourke paints a cynical picture of the concept of "majority rule," what does he say that every meal will be?

2. What is the name of the group of journalists who ask questions and take photos at the White House?

3. Who was the director of the Office of Management and Budget at the time George H. W. Bush's 1991 budget was completed?

4. In what year did a flag desecration case take place?

5. What political party did Lloyd Bentsen belong to?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What does O'Rourke say is the best way to truly understand the function of government?

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

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

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

7. From O'Rourke's description, what does a congressman's job entail?

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 feel about the concept of political conventions?

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

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

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?

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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