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. Who did O'Rourke credit with George H. W. Bush's meteoric rise to popularity?

2. Which Amendment to the U.S. Constitution gives women the right to vote?

3. What was the name of the foundation that set up a commission to study the electorate?

4. Which of the Amendments to the U.S. Constitution deals with the right to "keep and bear arms"?

5. What nickname did O'Rourke give to the generation that was attending high school when his book was written?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does O'Rourke think about the modern high school civics text book?

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

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

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

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

6. How does O'Rourke depict Washington journalists?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Why does O'Rourke say that the 1991 budget caused Bush to become less popular? What were the American people hoping for with Bush? What platform did he run on? How did increased taxes tie into into his decreased popularity?

Essay Topic 2

How does the author describe journalists? How does he seem to feel about these people? What techniques does the author use to show his opinions of Washington journalists? Why might his feelings about journalists be ironic? Does he address this irony?

Essay Topic 3

Explore O'Rourke's idea of the "whiffle life." How does it apply to people with different economic statuses? How do the rich fair in the whiffle life? How do the poor fair? What point is O'Rourke making about the country in general when he speaks about the "whiffle life"?

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