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 is written on the sign the nico-terrorist put on Nick in Chapter 12?

2. Which of the following is an aspect that makes Polly Bailey particularly attractive?

3. How does Oprah treat Nick Naylor backstage in Chapter 5?

4. How does Naylor return to Washington D.C. at the end of Chapter 6?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the Captain.

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

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

4. How is Nick taken hostage in Chapter 11?

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

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

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

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

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

10. What is the Academy of Tobacco Studies?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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 3

Write an essay about the Academy of Tobacco Studies. Begin by analyzing its name, how it is itself an act of brazen deception. Who founds the Academy, and what historical event in the late 1950's precipitates its founding? At the beginning of the novel, what is the public perception of the Academy and Nick as a representative of it? In summation, discuss how the Academy serves as a symbol for all lobbyists in the novel.

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