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

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

3. O'Rourke attended a housing rally that took place where?

4. A woman at the housing rally who said she was homeless had how many kids?

5. What year is the District of Columbia Housing Act from?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. Why does O'Rourke feels that Blatherboro is out of its depth when it comes to city planning?

6. How does O'Rourke describe Blatherboro?

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 feel about the housing project he visits in Newark?

9. How does O'Rourke see a connection between the fear of crack cocaine in America and racism?

10. What does the author mean when he says that Americans live a "whiffle life"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explore O'Rourke's story concerning runaway car syndrome and the hype around it. What does runaway car syndrome have to do with bureaucracy? How do instances like runaway car syndrome seem to fuel increased bureaucracy? How does O'Rourke seem to feel about increased bureaucracy in the U.S. government? What techniques does the author use to convey these feelings?

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 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?

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