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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 is the name of the agency that dealt with an outbreak of "runaway car syndrome"?
2. According to a study by a foundation, what percent of Americans did not know what party Llotd Bentsen was affiliated with during an election?
3. O'Rourke presents an unflattering picture of House Democratic efforts to talk environmentalism in advance of what?
4. O'Rourke began the sub-section "Attack of the Midget Vote-suckers" by comparing conventions to what?
5. Who was the attorney for the plaintiffs during a flag desecration case?
Short Essay Questions
1. What role do special interest groups play in politics?
2. Why does O'Rourke say that Blatherboro suffers from stupidity?
3. What examples does O'Rourke give to say that America's government now embodies the same tyrannical bent that compelled the American colonies to secede from England?
4. How does O'Rourke depict Washington journalists?
5. How does O'Rourke feel about Panama when he goes there in the wake of Operation Just Cause?
6. How does O'Rourke feel about Social Security after visiting the AARP?
7. What does O'Rourke say is the best way to truly understand the function of government?
8. How does O'Rourke describe Blatherboro?
9. What did Ted Kennedy mean when he said "Where was George?"
10. How does O'Rourke feel about the government's treatment of the nation's problem with drugs?
Essay Topic 1
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?
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
Explore the title of O'Rourke's book. Who is he referring to when he speaks of the "parliament of whores"? Who are the "whores," and why does he use this word to describe this group? Use examples from the text to support your answer.
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