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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. When did O'Rourke predict that there would be an election of significance?

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

3. When O'Rourke paints a cynical picture of the concept of "majority rule," who does he say that all people will be married to?

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

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. How does O'Rourke describe the Democratic National Convention?

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

7. How does O'Rourke feel about the Democratic speeches given during a visit to the House of Representatives?

8. How does O'Rourke feel that the American political system is like a Mexican Christmas fiesta?

9. From O'Rourke's description, what does a congressman's job entail?

10. What did Ted Kennedy mean when he said "Where was George?"

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What role did the media play in George H. W. Bush's popularity? How does O'Rourke characterize the media's feelings toward Bush? How does he seem to feel about the media's treatment of Bush? What is the significance of O'Rourke including this observation in his book? What point is he trying to make?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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