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

2. On what day was a government study released on "runaway car syndrome"?

3. For what state was Dukakis governor in 1988?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. What does O'Rourke think about the modern high school civics text book?

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

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

8. How does O'Rourke depict Washington journalists?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following 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

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

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.

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