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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. Which of the following is a historic event that popularized smoking cited by by Naylor in Chapter 4?
2. What request from Nick does Polly turn down at the end of Chapter 7?
3. What does Naylor accuse people like Ron Goode of in Chapter 5?
4. What game does Nick play as he drives to St. Euthanasius in Chapter 10?
5. From what state is the caller who announces he will kill Nick Naylor in Chapter 8?
Short Essay Questions
1. Describe the Captain.
2. What does the reader learn about Gazelle in Chapter 7?
3. What bet do Polly and Bobby Jay make at Bert's in Chapter 7?
4. Describe the transfixed moment Naylor experiences at the end of Chapter 3.
5. How does Nick fare in the Oprah show?
6. Why did Polly Baily join the Moderation Council?
7. How have Naylor's fortunes changed when he returns to the Academy at the beginning of Chapter 7?
8. What is the purpose of Nick Naylor's meeting with Reverend Griggs in Chapter 10?
9. Why is USA Today trying to contact Naylor in Chapter 1?
10. Why does Nick survive the attempt on his life by the nico-terrorists?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
The MOD Squad is a compelling device in the novel. It allows several characters, particularly Nick, to speak honestly about their industry and the world of lobbying in general. Write an essay about the role of the MOD Squad in the novel. How do the three merchants of death relate to each other? What information do they discuss that they could not discuss with the general public? What arguments do they have? Describe each individual relationship within the group.
Essay Topic 2
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 3
Although the novel is told from a third-person point-of-view, much of the action is left in a sort of uncertain state. Write an essay about information withheld by the narrator in the novel. What is the purpose of withholding information? How does the omitting of this information place the reader very much in the same situation as Nick Naylor? Is all of this information connected to the main betrayal at the end? Sum up the essay by discussing the importance of the revelations in the final chapters.
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