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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 author blames the savings and loan collapse on soaring interest rates caused by what administration?
2. What was the name of O'Rourke's friend who learned to fly a stunt plane and decided to raise cattle?
3. What is the common enemy that environmentalists have, according to the author?
4. Who is the author of a book about the failure of poverty programs called "Losing Ground"?
5. O'Rourke visited a government-owned complex with windows made of what?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why does O'Rourke feels that Blatherboro is out of its depth when it comes to city planning?
2. Why does O'Rourke fault environmentalists for making "big business" out to be the enemy?
3. How does O'Rourke describe environmentalists?
4. What does the author mean when he says that Americans live a "whiffle life"?
5. How does O'Rourke describe Blatherboro?
6. How does O'Rourke feel about his town government blocking the building of a golf course?
7. How does O'Rourke describe the USS Mobile Bay?
8. How did Blatherboro block the completion of a local golf course?
9. What does O'Rourke see when he spends an evening with the Washington DC police department?
10. How does O'Rourke suggest solving the problem of students dropping out of school?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Explore the title of O'Rourke's book. Who is he referring to when he speaks of the "parliament of whores"? Who are the "whores," and why does he use this word to describe this group? Use examples from the text to support your answer.
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
Explore the author's feelings about the Republican and Democratic parties. How does he characterize Republicans and their ideals? How does he characterize Democrats and their ideals? What characteristic do the parties share? What faults does he find with each party? Does he say anything positive about each party?
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