Mid-Book 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. From what state is the caller who announces he will kill Nick Naylor in Chapter 8?
2. Which famous public figure recently had a sex scandal explode in the restaurant where Nick meets Heather Holloway in Chapter 9?
3. What drink does the Captain insist Nick Naylor join him in?
4. Which lobby is not represented regularly in the MOD Squad lunches?
5. What does Bobby Jay Bliss and Polly bet on in Chapter 7?
Short Essay Questions
1. How has Sven improved the anti-underage-smoking campaign in Chapter 13?
2. How does the Academy respond to the death threat in Chapter 9?
3. What is odd about Monmaney and Allman's question is Chapter 14?
4. Why is Nick unable to get counsel from Carlinsky in Chapter 26?
5. What vision does Nick have at the beginning of Chapter 15?
6. Describe the transfixed moment Naylor experiences at the end of Chapter 3.
7. Why is USA Today trying to contact Naylor in Chapter 1?
8. Describe Budd Rohrabacher.
9. Who is Jack Bein?
10. How does Nick fare in the Oprah show?
Essay Topic 1
Write an essay about cigarettes as a symbol in the novel. How are cigarettes at once an enduring icon in American history and a sort of scapegoat for American excess? What do cigarettes symbolize in Buckley's novel? How does the attitudes and biases surrounding them permeate every aspect of Nick Naylor's life? How do they simultaneously endanger him and save his life in the novel? In summation, discuss whether cigarettes are presented in a largely positive or negative light.
Essay Topic 2
Write an essay about the Academy of Tobacco Studies. Begin by analyzing its name, how it is itself an act of brazen deception. Who founds the Academy, and what historical event in the late 1950's precipitates its founding? At the beginning of the novel, what is the public perception of the Academy and Nick as a representative of it? In summation, discuss how the Academy serves as a symbol for all lobbyists in the novel.
Essay Topic 3
Nick Naylor is portrayed in the novel as a man who is consistently marginalized by society not because of race or beliefs, but because he has allied himself with a deeply unpopular entity. Write an essay about this marginalization in three parts:
Part 1) How does the Prologue of the novel express the omnipresent antipathy Nick Naylor faces in life? What does society at large dislike about what he does? How has Nick adapted to this antipathy? What defenses has he developed?
Part 2) Discuss the relationship that exists among the members of the MOD Squad in the novel. What do the three of them discuss when they meet for lunch? What do they understand about each other's life that most of society cannot?
Part 3) Describe the public attitude that surround's Nick's work, and how this attitude lends credence to the abduction and attempted murder. Are death threats a regular part of Nick Naylor's life? What precautions does the Academy take regarding these omnipresent fears?
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