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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. Who said, "Everybody wants to go to heaven, but nobody wants to die"?
2. How many poor people does O'Rourke say ask him for money on his way to work every day?
3. What tax did the natives of O'Rourke's town fear that the retirees would inflate?
4. What year is the District of Columbia Housing Act from?
5. O'Rourke believed his town spent too little on what?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why does O'Rourke feel that the best policy for dealing with Afghani Pathan tribesman is to just stay away from them?
2. How does O'Rourke feel about the housing project he visits in Newark?
3. Why does O'Rourke fault environmentalists for making "big business" out to be the enemy?
4. How does O'Rourke suggest solving the problem of students dropping out of school?
5. Why does O'Rourke seem to think his family was stronger because they were not given any help?
6. How did Blatherboro block the completion of a local golf course?
7. Why does O'Rourke feels that Blatherboro is out of its depth when it comes to city planning?
8. How does O'Rourke feel about his town government blocking the building of a golf course?
9. What does O'Rourke see when he spends an evening with the Washington DC police department?
10. Describe O'Rourke's experience when he joined the Guardian Angels on a drug den raid.
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 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
Why does O'Rourke say that the 1991 budget caused Bush to become less popular? What were the American people hoping for with Bush? What platform did he run on? How did increased taxes tie into into his decreased popularity?
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