Parliament of Whores: A Lone Humorist Attempts to Explain the Entire U.S. Government Test | Final Test - Hard

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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. In what year did the government begin formulating agricultural policy?

2. O'Rourke visited a government-owned complex with windows made of what?

3. In a disclaimer to the section, "Defense Policy: Cry 'Havoc!' and Let Slip the Hogs of Peace," O'Rourke says he now feels that what war may prove profitable?

4. What was the name of O'Rourke's friend who learned to fly a stunt plane and decided to raise cattle?

5. O'Rourke says that special interest sounds like something out of a cartoon by whom?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe O'Rourke's experience when he joined the Guardian Angels on a drug den raid.

2. How does O'Rourke describe environmentalists?

3. How does O'Rourke feel about his town government blocking the building of a golf course?

4. How does O'Rourke feel about American poverty at the beginning of "Poverty Policy: How to Endow Privation"?

5. Why does O'Rourke feel that the best policy for dealing with Afghani Pathan tribesman is to just stay away from them?

6. Why does O'Rourke say that Blatherboro suffers from stupidity?

7. How does O'Rourke suggest solving the problem of students dropping out of school?

8. How does O'Rourke feel about the war in Afghanistan?

9. Explain how the government wastes billions of dollars on farm subsidies, according to O'Rourke.

10. How does O'Rourke describe Blatherboro?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How does the author characterize the U.S. government? What techniques does he use to convey his feelings about the government to the reader? What does he mean when he says the government goes unchecked? Who does he think should be checking it?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

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?

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