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 does BR refuse from Naylor at the beginning of Chapter 4?

2. For what organization did Carlton used to work?

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

4. What recent surgery has the Captain undergone when Naylor meets him in Chapter 6?

5. In Chapter 9, what words does Heather use to describe Nick's assertion that he works for tobacco to pay the rent?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Heather portray Nick in her article?

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

4. What is the MOD Squad?

5. Describe the history of cigarettes as related by Nick Naylor in Chapter 4.

6. How is Nick taken hostage in Chapter 11?

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

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

9. Why was Nick Naylor fired as a television reporter?

10. What is the Academy of Tobacco Studies?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

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

Essay Topic 3

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.

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