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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. Seeing the strange collection of tourists, journalists, and protesters, O'Rourke contemplated that Washington really needs what?
2. What are the speeches called that O'Rourke heard when he visited the House of Representatives?
3. O'Rourke began the sub-section "Attack of the Midget Vote-suckers" by comparing conventions to what?
4. What nickname did O'Rourke give to the generation that was attending high school when his book was written?
5. What is the name of the agency that dealt with an outbreak of "runaway car syndrome"?
Short Essay Questions
1. What did O'Rourke learn from an anonymous functionary at the Department of Transportation?
2. From O'Rourke's description, what does a congressman's job entail?
3. To what does O'Rourke attribute the problem of the national deficit?
4. How does O'Rourke feel that the American political system is like a Mexican Christmas fiesta?
5. How does O'Rourke feel about Jesse Jackson's speech, which he watched from his hotel room?
6. How does O'Rourke describe the Republican and Democratic platforms during the 1988 elections?
7. What problems does O'Rourke see with the U.S. Constitution?
8. How does O'Rourke feel about the Democratic speeches given during a visit to the House of Representatives?
9. What does O'Rourke say is the best way to truly understand the function of government?
10. How does O'Rourke depict Washington journalists?
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 Supreme Court's 1990 ruling that flag burning cannot be prohibited. What is the significance of the author mentioning this ruling? Why does O'Rourke believe that the Supreme Court ruled that flag burning cannot be prohibited? What does the ruling seem to convey about how the Supreme Court works? What are O'Rourke's feelings about the Supreme Court?
Essay Topic 3
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.
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