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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 Topic 1
Explore O'Rourke's story concerning runaway car syndrome and the hype around it. What does runaway car syndrome have to do with bureaucracy? How do instances like runaway car syndrome seem to fuel increased bureaucracy? How does O'Rourke seem to feel about increased bureaucracy in the U.S. government? What techniques does the author use to convey these feelings?
Essay Topic 2
Explore O'Rourke's idea of the "whiffle life." How does it apply to people with different economic statuses? How do the rich fair in the whiffle life? How do the poor fair? What point is O'Rourke making about the country in general when he speaks about the "whiffle life"?
Essay Topic 3
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?
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