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. In Chapter 2, what contention does the shooting survivor Bliss interviews make?

2. What is the name of the conference at which Naylor is speaking in the Prologue?

3. What international issue is Bailey's ex-boyfriend Hector fiercely concerned about?

4. From what state is the caller who announces he will kill Nick Naylor in Chapter 8?

5. Which lobby is not represented regularly in the MOD Squad lunches?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Heather portray Nick in her article?

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

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

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

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

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

8. Why is USA Today trying to contact Naylor in Chapter 1?

9. What bad news does BR give Naylor at the end of Chapter 4?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay about the characters of BR and Jeannette. What forewarning does the reader have that these characters are both deceptive and ambitious? Why does Nick fall prey to their lies even though he knows they are not to be trusted? Specifically, what strange actions does each character undertake over the course of the novel that seem unexplainable? How are they eventually explained by the final betrayal of the novel? What do they reveal about them?

Essay Topic 2

The Washington, DC, of Thank You for Smoking is one in which trusted - or at least reliable - institutions are crumbling and corrupt. They live by lies and the drive of individual ambition of those within them. Write an essay in three parts about the lapsed institutions of the novel:

Part 1) The dominant culture of Washington, DC, is politics. What is known about the politicians in the novel? Are they intelligent, trustworthy, or ethical? Do they want much of anything beyond publicity? Cite individual examples of politicians in the text.

Part 2) The press in Washington, DC, is primarily represented by the character of Heather Holloway. What is her primary objective in the novel, and how does she go about attaining it? Are her tactics in keeping with what one would generally call journalistic ethics?

Part 3) Nick Naylor bends over backwards trying to justify his work in the lobbying industry in Washington D.C. How is his lobby ethically compromised beyond even the lax standards of lobbying firms in general? Who in the Academy is most indicative of this internal rot?

Essay Topic 3

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.

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