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. How long does B.R. give Naylor to come up with a new media plan for the Academy?

2. What fictional newspaper does Heather Holloway work for?

3. What does BR refuse from Naylor at the beginning of Chapter 4?

4. What event prompted Bliss to join the military in the 1960's?

5. Who else is on the panel on which Naylor sits in the Prologue?

Short Essay Questions

1. What bet do Polly and Bobby Jay make at Bert's in Chapter 7?

2. What types of messages does Nick have waiting for him at the Academy in Chapter 7?

3. How do the nico-terrorists in Chapter 11 attempt to kill Nick?

4. Why was Nick Naylor fired as a television reporter?

5. How does the Academy respond to the death threat in Chapter 9?

6. What does the reader learn about Gazelle in Chapter 7?

7. Why is Nick's Today Show interview in Chapter 12 such a hit?

8. In Chapter 3, how does BR try to undermine Naylor?

9. How is Nick's Larry King interview interrupted with some shocking news?

10. How does Oprah betray Naylor at the beginning of Chapter 5?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay about Nick Naylor's relationships with women over the course of the novel. Write a paragraph on one of his major relationships with Heather Holloway, Jeannette Dantine, or Polly Bailey. How does each of the first two relationships reflect the truly unwise mating habits of Nick? What does he risk and lose in both of these couplings? What does he learn? Sum up the essay by discussing how Polly is a reflection of what Nick has learned in the novel.

Essay Topic 2

The narrative of Thank You for Smoking is peppered with interactions between Nick Naylor and individuals that he wants to encourage to join the push in improving tobacco's image. Write an essay about these interchanges. What does each person have to offer big tobacco? How does Naylor go about convincing individual in question that teaming up with the Academy is a good idea? What compromised ethics are required in this deal?

Part 1) Penelope Dent

Part 2) Jeff Megall

Part 3) Lorne Lutch

Essay Topic 3

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

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