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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 BR's reaction to Naylor's idea of reintroducing smoking in movies in Chapter 4?
2. From what state is the caller who announces he will kill Nick Naylor in Chapter 8?
3. Why is Polly Bailey pleased at Bert's house in Chapter 7?
4. What is Gazelle's position at the Academy?
5. What creative way does a man say he will kill Naylor in a message given to him by Gazelle in Chapter 7?
Short Essay Questions
1. How has BR killed so many people?
2. What issues in Chapter 19 make Nick uneasy about agrees to a deal with Jeff Megall?
3. Describe the hotel that Nick goes to in Chapter 17.
4. Who is Jack Bein?
5. How does Nick fare in the Oprah show?
6. What does the reader learn about Gazelle in Chapter 7?
7. Describe the history of cigarettes as related by Nick Naylor in Chapter 4.
8. How does the film footage in Chapter 23 look?
9. What ominous assignment does BR give Naylor at the end of Chapter 1?
10. In Chapter 1, what differences between BR and his predecessor does Naylor note?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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.
Essay Topic 2
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 3
Thank You for Smoking is in many respects a satire on the nanny-state that developed in America in the mid-1990's. Write an essay about how the efforts of the "gaspers" reflect the domestic policies of the Clinton years. How are characters like Senator Finisterre and Gordon Craighead portrayed in the novel? Are they protecting Americans, in Buckley's opinion, or curtailing their freedoms? What was happening in America at the time that this novel was published that is reflected in the narrative?
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