Thank You for Smoking Test | 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. What airport is Naylor in when BR calls him in Chapter 6?

2. What does Bliss remember most clearly about Heather Holloway in Chapter 7?

3. What was Lorne Lutch's occupation before he got cancer?

4. What creative way does a man say he will kill Naylor in a message given to him by Gazelle in Chapter 7?

5. In Chapter 7, what does Naylor say he regrets regarding Gazelle?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Nick think truly has happened to him since the attack?

2. Describe the transfixed moment Naylor experiences at the end of Chapter 3.

3. How does Nick convince Lady Bent to speak against trade regulations in Chapter 16?

4. What does Heather imply to Nick in Chapter 21?

5. How is Nick's tryst in Chapter 15 with Jeannette odd?

6. Why does Nick survive the attempt on his life by the nico-terrorists?

7. How does Nick deal with the passage of Senator Finisterre's bill in this section?

8. In Chapter 1, what differences between BR and his predecessor does Naylor note?

9. Describe the Captain.

10. How does Nick's meeting with Heather Holloway end in Chapter 9?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The characters of Thank You for Smoking are almost uniformly compromised, selfish, and deeply callous. Only a few characters attempt to do what is right, and they generally pay a price for it. Write an essay about these good souls. What does each one attempt to do to make things better? How are they invariably foiled in their attempts? Do any of these good hearts succeed in making some form of change in the system? If so, how does this come about?

Part 1) Lorne Lutch

Part 2) Polly Bailey

Part 3) Gomez O'Neal

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

Write an essay about the character of Lorne Lutch. Begin the essay by discussing what famous real-life icon he is based on. Why does his anti-smoking crusade seem infinitely more sincere than that of Senator Finisterre and Gordan Craighead? Discuss the moment when Nick bribes him. How does Nick manage to convince Lorne to sacrifice his ideals? What is the significance of Nick's decision to lie about Lorne's decision at the end of the novel?

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