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. What simple request does Nick Naylor make in Chapter 7 that prompts Gazelle to make a smart comment?

2. Which governmental agency has recently released a damning report regarding second-hand smoke at the beginning of Chapter 11?

3. Sammy Najeeb is a producer for what news program?

4. What uncharacteristic act does BR take regarding Nick at the beginning of Chapter 9?

5. What controversial move has Nick Naylor long been making regarding tobacco's public image?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Budd Rohrabacher.

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

3. Why did Polly Baily join the Moderation Council?

4. What issue does Nick have with with Sven Gland's ad campaign in Chapter 7?

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

6. How have Naylor's fortunes changed when he returns to the Academy at the beginning of Chapter 7?

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

8. What ominous assignment does BR give Naylor at the end of Chapter 1?

9. How does Heather portray Nick in her article?

10. How does Nick fare in the Oprah show?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Buckley uses setting in Thank You for Smoking to show the different fiefdoms created by powerful industries in America. Write an essay about the three most prevalent locations in the novel. What industry does the reader associate with each setting? How does this industry permeate every aspect of this setting? What characters are most dominant in each city, and how do they affect their surroundings in a palpable way?

Part 1) Washington, DC

Part 2) Los Angeles

Part 3) Winston-Salem

Essay Topic 2

Self-interest is the primary motivation of most of the character in Buckley's novel. Write an essay on the role of self-interest in the narrative, focusing on three parts:

Part 1) Twice over the course of the novel, Nick Naylor sleeps with a woman, believing that she is genuinely interested in him, only to find out that she is after personal gain. Discuss these two instances and the self-interest that drives both women? How is Nick instrumental to their separate goals?

Part 2) Nick does not trust BR at the beginning of the novel, but as strange events accumulate and Nick's live is endangered, he grows to rely on BR. How is this a terrible mistake for Nick? What ulterior motive does BR have in ingratiating himself to Nick? What does he hide from Nick in pursuit of this goal?

Part 3) Choose a tertiary character that is supposed to be held to a higher standard than the lobbyists of the Academy such as Lorne Lutch and Reverend Griggs. How is this character clearly corrupted in the novel and away from more altruistic pursuits? What is the nature of this character's self-interested corruption? What leads him to it?

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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