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 a disclaimer to the section, "Defense Policy: Cry 'Havoc!' and Let Slip the Hogs of Peace," O'Rourke says he now feels that what war may prove profitable?

2. What branch of the military uses the USS Mobile Bay?

3. How does O'Rourke feel when he walks through a crowded, third-world bazaar in Afghanistan and sees the free market in action?

4. What drug does O'Rourke say made kids psychotic?

5. Every year, O'Rourke attended a meeting of his hometown where people crowd into where?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does O'Rourke seem to think his family was stronger because they were not given any help?

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

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

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

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

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

7. Why does O'Rourke believe that a lot of money should be spent on the American military?

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 feels that Blatherboro is out of its depth when it comes to city planning?

10. Who does O'Rourke blame for the savings and loan collapse?

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

How does the author describe journalists? How does he seem to feel about these people? What techniques does the author use to show his opinions of Washington journalists? Why might his feelings about journalists be ironic? Does he address this irony?

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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