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. 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 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

Nick Naylor's perpetual fight against the "gaspers" means a consistent argument that they stand in the way of American values, more so than big tobacco does. Write an essay about Nick's constant debate with the neo-Puritanical elements of America in three parts:

Part 1) Discuss Nick's appearance on Oprah with the kid dying of cancer and Ron Goode. How is the deck stacked against Nick at the beginning of the program, and how does Nick turn the tables? What accusations does he lob at Goode and OSAP, and how does Goode respond? What makes the show a victory for the Academy?

Part 2) Discuss the ongoing argument between Senator Finisterre and Nick. What changes does the Senator want to enact regarding cigarettes? What arguments does Nick make over the course of the novel to rebut these changes? Why does Nick come off so much better than the Senator in this argument?

Part 3) Sum up the essay by discussing what Nick Naylor's central argument about freedom is. What does he consider men like Senator Finisterre and Ron Goode threats to American freedom? What do they want that is incompatible with democracy, according to Nick?

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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