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 7, what does Naylor say he regrets regarding Gazelle?

2. Which Nazi leader does Gordon Craighead compare Nick to in Heather's article?

3. What does Bobby Jay Bliss and Polly bet on in Chapter 7?

4. What does Polly Bailey say her beer wholesalers are coming to Washington to protest in Chapter 2?

5. What does Bobby Jay Bliss warn Naylor about Heather in Chapter 7?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the Academy of Tobacco Studies?

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

3. Describe the transfixed moment Naylor experiences at the end of Chapter 3.

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

5. How is Nick's Larry King interview interrupted with some shocking news?

6. In Chapter 3, how does BR try to undermine Naylor?

7. What is the purpose of Nick Naylor's meeting with Reverend Griggs in Chapter 10?

8. Why did Polly Baily join the Moderation Council?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Christopher Buckley uses a convention in the novel that was popular both with Shakespeare and Dickens where he pointedly gives his character's names that obviously reflect their nature. Write an essay in which you choose three characters for whom this is the case. What essential part of each character does his or her name reflect? Does the name act as a forewarning about the character to the reader or does the name's meaning only become clear after the fact?

Essay Topic 2

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 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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