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. The annual spending per student in O'Rourke's town is over how much?

2. O'Rourke characterizes what group in Afghanistan as deceitful, violent and self-serving?

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. O'Rourke attended a housing rally that took place where?

5. O'Rourke says that because America is the richest nation on Earth, he is surprised to still what on the street?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. How does O'Rourke describe Blatherboro?

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

8. Why does O'Rourke fault environmentalists for making "big business" out to be the enemy?

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

10. How does O'Rourke describe environmentalists?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explore O'Rourke's hypothetical U.S. budget. What does he feel about taxes? What does he cut from the budget? What seems to be the main goal of his budget? Do you think his proposed budget is plausible? Why or why not? Use examples from the text to support your ideas.

Essay Topic 2

Explore the Supreme Court's 1990 ruling that flag burning cannot be prohibited. What is the significance of the author mentioning this ruling? Why does O'Rourke believe that the Supreme Court ruled that flag burning cannot be prohibited? What does the ruling seem to convey about how the Supreme Court works? What are O'Rourke's feelings about the Supreme Court?

Essay Topic 3

How does O'Rourke say the government essentially put itself into debt? How does the government spend its money, according to the author? What does O'Rourke say is the main reason the country is in debt? What techniques does the author use to express his feelings about the government's spending habits? What point is O'Rourke trying to make about the government and the citizens?

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