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

2. What plan does the Captain tell Naylor that BR has come up with in Chapter 6?

3. What request from Nick does Polly turn down at the end of Chapter 7?

4. In Chapter 1, how does Nick characterize JJ Hollister?

5. Which coworker comes to Naylor's office with overly-excited praise in Chapter 7?

Short Essay Questions

1. What deal do Jeff Megall and Nick discuss in Chapter 17?

2. How does Nick Naylor defend his position at Clean Lungs 2000?

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

4. What does Heather imply to Nick in Chapter 21?

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

6. What does the reader learn about Gazelle in Chapter 7?

7. How does the film footage in Chapter 23 look?

8. What issues in Chapter 19 make Nick uneasy about agrees to a deal with Jeff Megall?

9. Describe the Captain.

10. Describe Budd Rohrabacher.

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

The world of tobacco in Buckley's novel is divided into two groups: the old-school manufacturers and the slick image men who try to sell the industry to the country. Write a essay about this conflict, focusing on each side individually:

Part 1) The old style of tobacco men is represented most clearly by the character of the Captain. What does the old man value in business? Why does he take to Nick Naylor so fervently? How are his views considered antiquated by the new guard, and how does his death mark the passing of an era?

Part 2) The new style of image and branding is perhaps best represented by the slick, deceptive BR. What does he want to do to change the Academy, and how do these changes jive with the old style of men like the Captain? What kind of support does BR have at the Academy, and how is his power derived almost exclusively from lies and treachery?

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

The Washington, DC, of Thank You for Smoking is one in which trusted - or at least reliable - institutions are crumbling and corrupt. They live by lies and the drive of individual ambition of those within them. Write an essay in three parts about the lapsed institutions of the novel:

Part 1) The dominant culture of Washington, DC, is politics. What is known about the politicians in the novel? Are they intelligent, trustworthy, or ethical? Do they want much of anything beyond publicity? Cite individual examples of politicians in the text.

Part 2) The press in Washington, DC, is primarily represented by the character of Heather Holloway. What is her primary objective in the novel, and how does she go about attaining it? Are her tactics in keeping with what one would generally call journalistic ethics?

Part 3) Nick Naylor bends over backwards trying to justify his work in the lobbying industry in Washington D.C. How is his lobby ethically compromised beyond even the lax standards of lobbying firms in general? Who in the Academy is most indicative of this internal rot?

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