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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. O'Rourke is critical of the way that America hands over food, aid and arms to what country?
2. O'Rourke claims that Social Security serves only to pad the bank accounts of whom?
3. What year is the District of Columbia Housing Act from?
4. O'Rourke characterizes what group in Afghanistan as deceitful, violent and self-serving?
5. What drug does O'Rourke says makes one acutely sensitive?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why does O'Rourke feels that Blatherboro is out of its depth when it comes to city planning?
2. How does O'Rourke see a connection between the fear of crack cocaine in America and racism?
3. Why does O'Rourke fault environmentalists for making "big business" out to be the enemy?
4. Why does O'Rourke say Americans will not find a solution to the problem of drugs in the country?
5. What does O'Rourke see when he spends an evening with the Washington DC police department?
6. How does O'Rourke feel about claims of collateral damage during Operation Just Cause?
7. How does O'Rourke feel about the seriousness of the problem of crack cocaine in America?
8. How does O'Rourke feel about the government's treatment of the nation's problem with drugs?
9. How did Blatherboro block the completion of a local golf course?
10. How does O'Rourke feel about Panama when he goes there in the wake of Operation Just Cause?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
The purpose of O'Rouke's book is to criticize the U.S. government and explain the problems he sees with it. Based on the ideas he shares in the book, what would O'Rourke's ideal government look like? How would it be run? How would citizens be treated? Use examples from the text to support your claims.
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 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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