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

2. When all the delegates from both political parties get together, O'Rourke says they act like what club members?

3. In "Only Human in His Own Immortal Way: The President," O'Rourke mocks what Act?

4. A high school textbook refers to what document as "a living document"?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Why does O'Rourke believe that the United States government remains unchecked?

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

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

8. How does O'Rourke feel about the concept of political conventions?

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

10. What problems does O'Rourke see with the U.S. Constitution?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What is the significance of the story O'Rourke shares about shadowing a congressman on a "light" work day? What point is the author trying to make about congressmen and what is expected of them? How does O'Rourke feel about the general attitude toward congressmen? Are his feelings surprising to you? Why or why not? Use examples from the text to support your answer.

Essay Topic 2

What techniques does the author use to offer up his metaphor of the government's similarities to King George III? What are some of the examples he gives to support his claims? What does he say the founding fathers disagreed with King George III about?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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