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. O'Rourke attended a housing rally for what group?

2. O'Rourke says it is best to simply stay away from what Afghani tribesman?

3. What drug does O'Rourke says makes one acutely sensitive?

4. What was the school drop-out rate in O'Rourke's town?

5. What drug does O'Rourke say made kids psychotic?

Short Essay Questions

1. How did Blatherboro block the completion of a local golf course?

2. What role do special interest groups play in politics?

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

4. How does O'Rourke feel about the housing project he visits in Newark?

5. How does O'Rourke feel about the seriousness of the problem of crack cocaine in America?

6. What does O'Rourke see when he spends an evening with the Washington DC police department?

7. How does O'Rourke feel about the government's treatment of the nation's problem with drugs?

8. What does O'Rourke mean when he says that Social Security is like the nation picking its own pocket?

9. Why does O'Rourke feels that Blatherboro is out of its depth when it comes to city planning?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

What is the significance of the story O'Rourke shares about shadowing a congressman on a "light" work day? What point is the author trying to make about congressmen and what is expected of them? How does O'Rourke feel about the general attitude toward congressmen? Are his feelings surprising to you? Why or why not? Use examples from the text to support your answer.

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