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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 visited a government-owned complex with windows made of what?
2. O'Rourke concludes that, because government can stifle the free market, government is what?
3. What kind of life does O'Rourke say Americans lead?
4. The author blames the savings and loan collapse on soaring interest rates caused by what administration?
5. What is the name of the hurricane that O'Rourke's wife asked him about?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does O'Rourke describe the USS Mobile Bay?
2. How does O'Rourke feel about Social Security after visiting the AARP?
3. How does O'Rourke feel about the Guardian Angels after his experience with them?
4. Why does O'Rourke fault environmentalists for making "big business" out to be the enemy?
5. How does O'Rourke feel about the seriousness of the problem of crack cocaine in America?
6. How does O'Rourke feel about the government's treatment of the nation's problem with drugs?
7. How did Blatherboro block the completion of a local golf course?
8. How does O'Rourke describe Blatherboro?
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"?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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"?
Essay Topic 2
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 3
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?
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