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 claims that Social Security serves only to pad the bank accounts of whom?

2. O'Rourke visits Afghanistan to cover the expected fall of what city?

3. What country did O'Rourke visit in the wake of Operation Just Cause?

4. What percent of poor people in America own their own homes, according to George Gilder?

5. Who said, "What we want from the taxpayers is continual cooperation!" in regard to America's drug problem?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does O'Rourke feel about claims of collateral damage during Operation Just Cause?

3. How does O'Rourke feel about Panama when he goes there in the wake of Operation Just Cause?

4. How does O'Rourke feel about Social Security after visiting the AARP?

5. What does the author mean when he says that Americans live a "whiffle life"?

6. How does O'Rourke feel about the Guardian Angels after his experience with them?

7. How does O'Rourke describe Blatherboro?

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

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

10. Who does O'Rourke blame for the savings and loan collapse?

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 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?

Essay Topic 3

Explore the title of O'Rourke's book. Who is he referring to when he speaks of the "parliament of whores"? Who are the "whores," and why does he use this word to describe this group? Use examples from the text to support your answer.

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