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. In "Defense Policy: Cry 'Havoc!' and "Let Slip the Hogs of Peace," O'Rourke worried that what country still posed a threat and might be waiting for America to fall beneath the weight of its own dissent?

2. O'Rourke is critical of the way that America hands over food, aid and arms to what country?

3. What percent of poor people in America own their own homes, according to George Gilder?

4. Hoping to see poverty first hand, O'Rourke took a trip where?

5. What is the USS Mobile Bay?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does O'Rourke say Americans will not find a solution to the problem of drugs in the country?

2. How does O'Rourke feel about the Guardian Angels after his experience with them?

3. How does O'Rourke feel about Social Security after visiting the AARP?

4. Why does O'Rourke feel that the best policy for dealing with Afghani Pathan tribesman is to just stay away from them?

5. How does O'Rourke feel about claims of collateral damage during Operation Just Cause?

6. Explain how the government wastes billions of dollars on farm subsidies, according to O'Rourke.

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

8. How did Blatherboro block the completion of a local golf course?

9. How does O'Rourke suggest solving the problem of students dropping out of school?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What techniques does the author use to offer up his metaphor of the government's similarities to King George III? What are some of the examples he gives to support his claims? What does he say the founding fathers disagreed with King George III about?

Essay Topic 2

Explore the Supreme Court's 1990 ruling that flag burning cannot be prohibited. What is the significance of the author mentioning this ruling? Why does O'Rourke believe that the Supreme Court ruled that flag burning cannot be prohibited? What does the ruling seem to convey about how the Supreme Court works? What are O'Rourke's feelings about the Supreme Court?

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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