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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. How much money does O'Rourke believe the government wastes on farm subsidies?
2. O'Rourke is critical of the way that America hands over food, aid and arms to what country?
3. O'Rourke recalls spending an evening in what police department?
4. What was the deadline for the last Soviet troops to be withdrawn from Afghanistan?
5. How did O'Rourke feel about the USS Mobile Bay?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does O'Rourke feel about American poverty at the beginning of "Poverty Policy: How to Endow Privation"?
2. Why does O'Rourke seem to think his family was stronger because they were not given any help?
3. How does O'Rourke feel about the seriousness of the problem of crack cocaine in America?
4. Describe O'Rourke's experience when he joined the Guardian Angels on a drug den raid.
5. How does O'Rourke feel about the housing project he visits in Newark?
6. What does O'Rourke see when he spends an evening with the Washington DC police department?
7. Why does O'Rourke say Americans will not find a solution to the problem of drugs in the country?
8. Why does O'Rourke fault environmentalists for making "big business" out to be the enemy?
9. How does O'Rourke feel about the government's treatment of the nation's problem with drugs?
10. How does O'Rourke describe the USS Mobile Bay?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Explore the significance of Michael Dukakis in the book. How does O'Rourke use Dukakis' past experience as governor to mock him? What problems did he see with the way Dukakis led? What problems did he see with the promises Dukakis made to the U.S. citizens?
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 O'Rourke's views on the two presidential conventions he visits. How does O'Rourke describe the Republican convention? How does he describe the Democratic convention? In what ways are the conventions similar? How are they different?
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