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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 request does Reverend Griggs make of Naylor in Chapter 10?
2. What recent surgery has the Captain undergone when Naylor meets him in Chapter 6?
3. At the end of Chapter 5, how much money does Naylor say the Academy is committing to a campaign to stop underage smoking?
4. To what actor does Naick compare the voice of the lead nico-terrorist in Chapter 11?
5. Which Nazi leader does Gordon Craighead compare Nick to in Heather's article?
Short Essay Questions
1. Describe the transfixed moment Naylor experiences at the end of Chapter 3.
2. How did Bobby Jay Bliss find his way to SAFETY?
3. In Chapter 3, how does BR try to undermine Naylor?
4. How do the nico-terrorists in Chapter 11 attempt to kill Nick?
5. How does Heather portray Nick in her article?
6. Why is Nick's Today Show interview in Chapter 12 such a hit?
7. How does Nick Naylor defend his position at Clean Lungs 2000?
8. How does the Academy respond to the death threat in Chapter 9?
9. In Chapter 1, what differences between BR and his predecessor does Naylor note?
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 characters of BR and Jeannette. What forewarning does the reader have that these characters are both deceptive and ambitious? Why does Nick fall prey to their lies even though he knows they are not to be trusted? Specifically, what strange actions does each character undertake over the course of the novel that seem unexplainable? How are they eventually explained by the final betrayal of the novel? What do they reveal about them?
Essay Topic 2
Although the novel is told from a third-person point-of-view, much of the action is left in a sort of uncertain state. Write an essay about information withheld by the narrator in the novel. What is the purpose of withholding information? How does the omitting of this information place the reader very much in the same situation as Nick Naylor? Is all of this information connected to the main betrayal at the end? Sum up the essay by discussing the importance of the revelations in the final chapters.
Essay Topic 3
Nick Naylor's perpetual fight against the "gaspers" means a consistent argument that they stand in the way of American values, more so than big tobacco does. Write an essay about Nick's constant debate with the neo-Puritanical elements of America in three parts:
Part 1) Discuss Nick's appearance on Oprah with the kid dying of cancer and Ron Goode. How is the deck stacked against Nick at the beginning of the program, and how does Nick turn the tables? What accusations does he lob at Goode and OSAP, and how does Goode respond? What makes the show a victory for the Academy?
Part 2) Discuss the ongoing argument between Senator Finisterre and Nick. What changes does the Senator want to enact regarding cigarettes? What arguments does Nick make over the course of the novel to rebut these changes? Why does Nick come off so much better than the Senator in this argument?
Part 3) Sum up the essay by discussing what Nick Naylor's central argument about freedom is. What does he consider men like Senator Finisterre and Ron Goode threats to American freedom? What do they want that is incompatible with democracy, according to Nick?
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