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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 famous public figure recently had a sex scandal explode in the restaurant where Nick meets Heather Holloway in Chapter 9?
2. What disguise does the nico-terrorist who sticks a gun in Nick's back in Chapter 11 wear?
3. Which lobby is not represented regularly in the MOD Squad lunches?
4. What does Polly Bailey say her beer wholesalers are coming to Washington to protest in Chapter 2?
5. From what related business did B.R come to the Academy of Tobacco Studies?
Short Essay Questions
1. What ominous assignment does BR give Naylor at the end of Chapter 1?
2. What issue does Nick have with with Sven Gland's ad campaign in Chapter 7?
3. Why is USA Today trying to contact Naylor in Chapter 1?
4. How do the nico-terrorists in Chapter 11 attempt to kill Nick?
5. Describe the transfixed moment Naylor experiences at the end of Chapter 3.
6. What is the Academy of Tobacco Studies?
7. How is Nick's Larry King interview interrupted with some shocking news?
8. What does the reader learn about Gazelle in Chapter 7?
9. Why does Nick survive the attempt on his life by the nico-terrorists?
10. In Chapter 1, what differences between BR and his predecessor does Naylor note?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Throughout most of the novel, the nico-terrorists seem like a credible and immediate danger to Nick Naylor. They turn out, in the end, to be a red herring designed to catalyze Nick's public discrediting. Write an essay about this process int he novel. How are the nico-terrorists introduced? Why are they unsuccessful in killing Nick? How does the reader become aware that their organization is a farce? Sum up the essay by explaining who the terrorists, are.
Essay Topic 2
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.
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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