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

2. What does O'Rourke say is the term for an interview where "you didn't come here and I didn't say this"?

3. O'Rourke points out that the manual for what automobile is 4 times as long as the U.S. Constitution?

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

5. What exists in a state of perpetual failure because motion is valued above direction and achievement?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. How does O'Rourke feel about the Democratic speeches given during a visit to the House of Representatives?

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

7. Why does O'Rourke believe that the United States government remains unchecked?

8. Who does O'Rourke blame for the perceived poor state of the nation, and who does he let off the hook?

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

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

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 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 significance of Michael Dukakis in the book. How does O'Rourke use Dukakis' past experience as governor to mock him? What problems did he see with the way Dukakis led? What problems did he see with the promises Dukakis made to the U.S. citizens?

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