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. What was O'Rourke's family's socioeconomic status when he was a child?

2. What is the name of the psychiatric professor that O'Rourke talked to about the crack cocaine problem?

3. What senator said "A lot more of whatever needs doing needs to be done--let's spend, spend, spend" in response to the war on drugs?

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

5. O'Rourke claims that Social Security serves only to pad the bank accounts of whom?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Why does O'Rourke seem to think his family was stronger because they were not given any help?

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

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

5. How does O'Rourke describe environmentalists?

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

7. Why does O'Rourke believe that a lot of money should be spent on the American military?

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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 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"?

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