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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 does O'Rourke say the venue where the Democratic convention was held is shaped like?

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

3. Where was the Republican convention held that O'Rourke attended?

4. Who did O'Rourke blame for the poor state of the nation?

5. O'Rourke comes to the conclusion that the president's role in government is largely symbolic after referring to a presidential agenda from what day?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. How does O'Rourke describe the partnership between Dukakis and Bentson?

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

7. How does O'Rourke feel about George H. W. Bush's 1991 budget?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The purpose of O'Rouke's book is to criticize the U.S. government and explain the problems he sees with it. Based on the ideas he shares in the book, what would O'Rourke's ideal government look like? How would it be run? How would citizens be treated? Use examples from the text to support your claims.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Explore O'Rourke's idea that the U.S. president is merely a symbol. What does he represent? What does O'Rourke believe the true role of the president of the U.S. is? What reasons does he give for feeling this way?

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