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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. George H. W. Bush ran his presidential campaign on the idea that he would be a second helping of whom?

2. O'Rourke revealed that congressmen use what items that offer a summary of a proposed bill?

3. How many letters to a congressman did O'Rourke read before finding a thank-you letter?

4. Where was the Republican convention held that O'Rourke attended?

5. Who told the Atlanta convention that the Democratic party "needs both its left wing and its right wing to fly"?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe the world O'Rourke envisions when he points out the flaws of the "majority rules" system.

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

4. How does O'Rourke describe the Republican and Democratic platforms during the 1988 elections?

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

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

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

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 Democratic speeches given during a visit to the House of Representatives?

10. How does O'Rourke depict Washington journalists?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How does O'Rourke say the government essentially put itself into debt? How does the government spend its money, according to the author? What does O'Rourke say is the main reason the country is in debt? What techniques does the author use to express his feelings about the government's spending habits? What point is O'Rourke trying to make about the government and the citizens?

Essay Topic 2

Explore the author's feelings about the Republican and Democratic parties. How does he characterize Republicans and their ideals? How does he characterize Democrats and their ideals? What characteristic do the parties share? What faults does he find with each party? Does he say anything positive about each party?

Essay Topic 3

Explore O'Rourke's views on the two presidential conventions he visits. How does O'Rourke describe the Republican convention? How does he describe the Democratic convention? In what ways are the conventions similar? How are they different?

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