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 1, how does Nick characterize JJ Hollister?

2. In Chapter 7, what does Naylor say he regrets regarding Gazelle?

3. According to Naylor in Chapter 4, what invention in movies popularized smoking in them?

4. Which of the following is a historic event that popularized smoking cited by by Naylor in Chapter 4?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

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

6. How did Bobby Jay Bliss find his way to SAFETY?

7. How does Nick fare in the Oprah show?

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

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

10. What does the reader learn about Gazelle in 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

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

The narrative of Thank You for Smoking is peppered with interactions between Nick Naylor and individuals that he wants to encourage to join the push in improving tobacco's image. Write an essay about these interchanges. What does each person have to offer big tobacco? How does Naylor go about convincing individual in question that teaming up with the Academy is a good idea? What compromised ethics are required in this deal?

Part 1) Penelope Dent

Part 2) Jeff Megall

Part 3) Lorne Lutch

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