Thank You for Smoking Test | Lesson Plans Mid-Book Test - Hard

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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. From what state is the caller who announces he will kill Nick Naylor in Chapter 8?

2. Which famous public figure recently had a sex scandal explode in the restaurant where Nick meets Heather Holloway in Chapter 9?

3. What drink does the Captain insist Nick Naylor join him in?

4. Which lobby is not represented regularly in the MOD Squad lunches?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. How has Sven improved the anti-underage-smoking campaign in Chapter 13?

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

3. What is odd about Monmaney and Allman's question is Chapter 14?

4. Why is Nick unable to get counsel from Carlinsky in Chapter 26?

5. What vision does Nick have at the beginning of Chapter 15?

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

7. Why is USA Today trying to contact Naylor in Chapter 1?

8. Describe Budd Rohrabacher.

9. Who is Jack Bein?

10. How does Nick fare in the Oprah show?

Essay 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

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?

Essay Topic 3

In many pieces of literature words are simply the vessels of meaning; not so with Thank You for Smoking. Write an essay on the alternate use of words in the novel. Firstly, how are they used as weapons? Secondly, how are they used to conceal meaning? Discuss which characters are noted as being most effective in using words. How does he or she do so? What does all of this say about the world of politics and lobbying in the modern era?

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