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 Washington Square Press series does "The Negro in the City" belong to?

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

3. O'Rourke says the hysteria over drugs in the middle class could be the product of what?

4. Who was George H. W. Bush's first Drug Czar?

5. O'Rourke believed his town spent too much on what?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. Why does O'Rourke say that Blatherboro suffers from stupidity?

5. How does O'Rourke feel about the housing project he visits in Newark?

6. How does O'Rourke feel about the war in Afghanistan?

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

8. How does O'Rourke describe the USS Mobile Bay?

9. How does O'Rourke describe environmentalists?

10. How does O'Rourke feel about Panama when he goes there in the wake of Operation Just Cause?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

How does O'Rourke say the government essentially put itself into debt? How does the government spend its money, according to the author? What does O'Rourke say is the main reason the country is in debt? What techniques does the author use to express his feelings about the government's spending habits? What point is O'Rourke trying to make about the government and the citizens?

Essay Topic 2

Explore O'Rourke's idea of the "whiffle life." How does it apply to people with different economic statuses? How do the rich fair in the whiffle life? How do the poor fair? What point is O'Rourke making about the country in general when he speaks about the "whiffle life"?

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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