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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 type of medical condition has recently been linked to smoking in Chapter 1?
2. In Chapter 9, what words does Heather use to describe Nick's assertion that he works for tobacco to pay the rent?
3. What recent surgery has the Captain undergone when Naylor meets him in Chapter 6?
4. Why did Polly Bailey move from a Representative's office to the Moderation Council?
5. Which famous public figure recently had a sex scandal explode in the restaurant where Nick meets Heather Holloway in Chapter 9?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why is Nick's Today Show interview in Chapter 12 such a hit?
2. In Chapter 3, how does BR try to undermine Naylor?
3. What types of messages does Nick have waiting for him at the Academy in Chapter 7?
4. What bet do Polly and Bobby Jay make at Bert's in Chapter 7?
5. What fire is Bobby Jay Bliss putting out in Chapter 2?
6. How does Nick's meeting with Heather Holloway end in Chapter 9?
7. What does the reader learn about Gazelle in Chapter 7?
8. How have Naylor's fortunes changed when he returns to the Academy at the beginning of Chapter 7?
9. How does Nick fare in the Oprah show?
10. What ominous assignment does BR give Naylor at the end of Chapter 1?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Write an essay about the character of Lorne Lutch. Begin the essay by discussing what famous real-life icon he is based on. Why does his anti-smoking crusade seem infinitely more sincere than that of Senator Finisterre and Gordan Craighead? Discuss the moment when Nick bribes him. How does Nick manage to convince Lorne to sacrifice his ideals? What is the significance of Nick's decision to lie about Lorne's decision at the end of the novel?
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 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.
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