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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. O'Rourke jokingly compared the political conventions to a special-occasion event, with whom in the broadcast booth?
2. Who was George H. W. Bush's running mate in 1988?
3. For what state was Dukakis governor in 1988?
4. In what year did a flag desecration case take place?
5. According to a study by a foundation, what percent of Americans did not know what party Llotd Bentsen was affiliated with during an election?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why does O'Rourke seem to believe that being a congressman is a thankless job?
2. To what does O'Rourke attribute the problem of the national deficit?
3. From O'Rourke's description, what does a congressman's job entail?
4. What does O'Rourke say is the best way to truly understand the function of government?
5. Why does O'Rourke believe that the United States government remains unchecked?
6. How does O'Rourke describe the partnership between Dukakis and Bentson?
7. Describe O'Rourke's experience with the Young Americans Ball.
8. Describe the world O'Rourke envisions when he points out the flaws of the "majority rules" system.
9. Who does O'Rourke blame for the perceived poor state of the nation, and who does he let off the hook?
10. How does O'Rourke describe the day he shadowed a congressman?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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?
Essay Topic 2
Explore O'Rourke's story concerning runaway car syndrome and the hype around it. What does runaway car syndrome have to do with bureaucracy? How do instances like runaway car syndrome seem to fuel increased bureaucracy? How does O'Rourke seem to feel about increased bureaucracy in the U.S. government? What techniques does the author use to convey these feelings?
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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