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 is the name of the Colonel who O'Rourke met while he was observing Operation Just Cause?

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

3. O'Rourke believed his town spent too little on what?

4. O'Rourke visited a filthy, smelly, government-subsidized apartment complex in what city?

5. Who said, "Everybody wants to go to heaven, but nobody wants to die"?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe O'Rourke's experience when he joined the Guardian Angels on a drug den raid.

2. How does O'Rourke describe environmentalists?

3. What role do special interest groups play in politics?

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

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

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

7. How does O'Rourke feel about American poverty at the beginning of "Poverty Policy: How to Endow Privation"?

8. What does O'Rourke mean when he says that Social Security is like the nation picking its own pocket?

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

10. How does O'Rourke see a connection between the fear of crack cocaine in America and racism?

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

The purpose of O'Rouke's book is to criticize the U.S. government and explain the problems he sees with it. Based on the ideas he shares in the book, what would O'Rourke's ideal government look like? How would it be run? How would citizens be treated? Use examples from the text to support your claims.

Essay Topic 3

What role did the media play in George H. W. Bush's popularity? How does O'Rourke characterize the media's feelings toward Bush? How does he seem to feel about the media's treatment of Bush? What is the significance of O'Rourke including this observation in his book? What point is he trying to make?

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