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

2. Who does O'Rourke say is the only Democrat who came to the convention with real ideas?

3. What does O'Rourke describe as an organism whose sole purpose is to aggrandize those in power?

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

5. What party game does O'Rourke liken the American political system to?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What does O'Rourke say is the best way to truly understand the function of government?

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

4. How does O'Rourke describe the Republican and Democratic platforms during the 1988 elections?

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

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

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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"?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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