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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. What Audi model does O'Rourke say was deemed unsafe because of "runaway car syndrome"?
2. For how long has an agency had to deal with "runaway car syndrome"?
3. According to a study by a foundation, what percent of Americans did not know what party Llotd Bentsen was affiliated with during an election?
4. Who did O'Rourke blame for the poor state of the nation?
5. O'Rourke presents an unflattering picture of House Democratic efforts to talk environmentalism in advance of what?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does O'Rourke feel about Jesse Jackson's speech, which he watched from his hotel room?
2. Who does O'Rourke blame for the perceived poor state of the nation, and who does he let off the hook?
3. What does O'Rourke think about the modern high school civics text book?
4. What did O'Rourke learn from an anonymous functionary at the Department of Transportation?
5. How does O'Rourke describe one-minute speeches?
6. How does O'Rourke feel about George H. W. Bush's rise to fame?
7. Why does O'Rourke seem to believe that being a congressman is a thankless job?
8. How does O'Rourke feel about the Democratic speeches given during a visit to the House of Representatives?
9. How does O'Rourke describe the Republican and Democratic platforms during the 1988 elections?
10. How does O'Rourke feel about the concept of political conventions?
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
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?
Essay Topic 3
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.
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