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 says a cheap alternative to fix the failing school system could involve sending the children to what kind of school?

2. 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?

3. On what day did O'Rourke attend a housing rally?

4. O'Rourke argues that pollution is a byproduct of what?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

10. How does O'Rourke describe the USS Mobile Bay?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explore the author's feelings about the Republican and Democratic parties. How does he characterize Republicans and their ideals? How does he characterize Democrats and their ideals? What characteristic do the parties share? What faults does he find with each party? Does he say anything positive about each party?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

What techniques does the author use to offer up his metaphor of the government's similarities to King George III? What are some of the examples he gives to support his claims? What does he say the founding fathers disagreed with King George III about?

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