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. In Chapter 12, what do the two D.C. policeman think Nick is?

3. How many nicotine patches are put on Nick's body in Chapter 11?

4. How long does B.R. give Naylor to come up with a new media plan for the Academy?

5. In what House Committee did Polly Bailey begin her Washington, D.C. career?

Short Essay Questions

1. In Chapter 1, what differences between BR and his predecessor does Naylor note?

2. Why does Nick survive the attempt on his life by the nico-terrorists?

3. Why did Polly Baily join the Moderation Council?

4. What fire is Bobby Jay Bliss putting out in Chapter 2?

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

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

7. How did Bobby Jay Bliss find his way to SAFETY?

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

9. Describe Budd Rohrabacher.

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

Essay Topics

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

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 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.

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