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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 city does O'Rourke describe as having a climate like the inside of a locked van in the Sahara?
2. When O'Rourke paints a cynical picture of the concept of "majority rule," who does he say that all people will be married to?
3. Which Amendment to the U.S. Constitution gives women the right to vote?
4. In what year was a government study released on "runaway car syndrome" in an Audi model?
5. Who did O'Rourke blame for the poor state of the nation?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does O'Rourke feel about the war in Afghanistan?
2. How does O'Rourke describe the partnership between Dukakis and Bentson?
3. How does O'Rourke feel about the housing project he visits in Newark?
4. 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?
5. How does O'Rourke feel about Panama when he goes there in the wake of Operation Just Cause?
6. What does O'Rourke see when he spends an evening with the Washington DC police department?
7. How does O'Rourke feel about American poverty at the beginning of "Poverty Policy: How to Endow Privation"?
8. How does O'Rourke feel about the concept of political conventions?
9. Why does O'Rourke feel that the best policy for dealing with Afghani Pathan tribesman is to just stay away from them?
10. From O'Rourke's description, what does a congressman's job entail?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Explore O'Rourke's views on the two presidential conventions he visits. How does O'Rourke describe the Republican convention? How does he describe the Democratic convention? In what ways are the conventions similar? How are they different?
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 the perspective used in this nonfiction work. How would O'Rourke's lessons about the government be different if they were written from a third-person perspective, like they would be in a text book? What could the reader gain from a less personal perspective? What is gained from the first-person perspective and the first-hand examples that he uses instead?
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