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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 visited the Department of Transportation and was surprised to discover that many of the workers were fans of what?

2. What platform did O'Rourke say the Republicans ran on in 1988?

3. When O'Rourke paints a cynical picture of the concept of "majority rule," what does he say that every meal will be?

4. In what year did a flag desecration case take place?

5. What ball did O'Rourke peek in on where he saw boogying and people playing the electric guitar?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

7. Describe the world O'Rourke envisions when he points out the flaws of the "majority rules" system.

8. How does O'Rourke describe one-minute speeches?

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

10. How does O'Rourke describe the day he shadowed a congressman?

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 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

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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