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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 attended a housing rally that took place where?
2. How many poor people in America live in homes with a heated pool or a Jacuzzi, according to George Gilder?
3. What is the "largest part" of the USS Mobile Bay, according to the author?
4. What percent of poor people in America own telephones, according to George Gilder?
5. A woman at the housing rally who said she was homeless had how many kids?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does O'Rourke describe environmentalists?
2. Explain how the government wastes billions of dollars on farm subsidies, according to O'Rourke.
3. What role do special interest groups play in politics?
4. How does O'Rourke feel about claims of collateral damage during Operation Just Cause?
5. How does O'Rourke feel about the government's treatment of the nation's problem with drugs?
6. How does O'Rourke see a connection between the fear of crack cocaine in America and racism?
7. Why does O'Rourke seem to think his family was stronger because they were not given any help?
8. How does O'Rourke feel about the Guardian Angels after his experience with them?
9. How does O'Rourke feel about the housing project he visits in Newark?
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 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
Look at the significance of Jesse Jackson. What characteristics did O'Rourke see in Jackson that he was impressed by? What techniques does the author use to show that he is impressed by Jackson? Why does the author mention Jackson? What is he trying to say about him and about politicians in general?
Essay Topic 3
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?
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