Screw-jack 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. Leach told Thompson in "Death of a Poet" that he had changed his bet, gotten drunk, and ________________.

2. The second narrator in "Screwjack" writes that after having been bitten, he "stared down at him very intently from a distance of" how many inches?

3. What was the title of the 1992 Rolling Stone article by Hunter S. Thompson in which F. X. Leach also appeared?

4. How does the writer sleep in the poem which opens "Death of a Poet"?

5. What did the narrator do just before throwing Mr. Screwjack into the cold?

Short Essay Questions

1. What did Screwjack do to the second narrator?

2. How is the narrative style of "Screwjack" similar to the other stories in the collection? How does it differ?

3. How did Leach introduce "Jennifer" in "Death of a Poet"?

4. Where had the narrator arrived in "Death of a Poet"? What did he see upon arrival?

5. Describe briefly the career of Hunter S. Thompson. For what genre of journalism was he known?

6. What surprise news did Leach break on the narrator in "Death of a Poet"?

7. Who "wrote" the opening chapter of "Screwjack"? What exposition is revealed here?

8. What interaction did the narrator have with the car rental employee in "Death of a Poet"?

9. What did Duke write to the Lord in "Screwjack"?

10. Who is described in the beginning of the letter in "Screwjack"?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Discuss Thompson's relationship with and political feelings toward Richard Nixon. How did Thompson react to news of Nixon in "Mescalito"?

Essay Topic 2

Describe Oscar in "Mescalito." What role did Oscar serve in the plot of the narrative? What did he represent symbolically to Thompson?

Essay Topic 3

Describe and discuss the collection of drugs Thompson ingested in "Mescalito." What were the effects of each?

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