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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 "largest part" of the USS Mobile Bay, according to the author?
2. Soldiers told about fighting in Panama in what magazine?
3. How does O'Rourke feel when he walks through a crowded, third-world bazaar in Afghanistan and sees the free market in action?
4. How many poor people does O'Rourke say ask him for money on his way to work every day?
5. How many tenth graders were at the high school in O'Rourke's town?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why does O'Rourke believe that a lot of money should be spent on the American military?
2. How does O'Rourke describe Blatherboro?
3. How does O'Rourke feel about the seriousness of the problem of crack cocaine in America?
4. How does O'Rourke feel about Social Security after visiting the AARP?
5. How does O'Rourke feel about Panama when he goes there in the wake of Operation Just Cause?
6. Why does O'Rourke seem to think his family was stronger because they were not given any help?
7. What does the author mean when he says that Americans live a "whiffle life"?
8. Why does O'Rourke feels that Blatherboro is out of its depth when it comes to city planning?
9. How does O'Rourke feel about the housing project he visits in Newark?
10. How does O'Rourke feel about the Guardian Angels after his experience with them?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Look at the significance of Jesse Jackson. What characteristics did O'Rourke see in Jackson that he was impressed by? What techniques does the author use to show that he is impressed by Jackson? Why does the author mention Jackson? What is he trying to say about him and about politicians in general?
Essay Topic 2
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 3
Explore O'Rourke's view of special interest groups. What does the author dislike about special interest groups? How does he characterize them? How does he characterize the people who are involved in them? What specific groups does he talk about? What problems does he see with them? What role does he believe special interest groups play in the politics?
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