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. How long did Jesse Jackson propose to freeze military spending?

2. Who equated a belief in government to the "vapid" peace of mind experienced by church goers?

3. Who was the keynote speaker at the 1988 Democratic convention?

4. O' Rourke compares the president's decision-making ability to that of a child of what age?

5. What year was it when O'Rourke attended the Democratic and Republican political conventions?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. How does O'Rourke feel about Jesse Jackson's speech, which he watched from his hotel room?

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

5. How does O'Rourke suppose that most Americans feel about the United States government?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Look at the significance of Jesse Jackson. What characteristics did O'Rourke see in Jackson that he was impressed by? What techniques does the author use to show that he is impressed by Jackson? Why does the author mention Jackson? What is he trying to say about him and about politicians in general?

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