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. How does Naylor return to Washington D.C. at the end of Chapter 6?

2. According to the cardiologist in Chapter 12, why did Nick survive the massive dose of nicotine?

3. In Chapter 2, what does Naylor suspect BR wants to do with his job?

4. What request from Nick does Polly turn down at the end of Chapter 7?

5. In Chapter 1, how does Nick characterize JJ Hollister?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does the Academy respond to the death threat in Chapter 9?

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

3. How does Oprah betray Naylor at the beginning of Chapter 5?

4. Why is Nick's Today Show interview in Chapter 12 such a hit?

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

6. What bet do Polly and Bobby Jay make at Bert's in Chapter 7?

7. What bad news does BR give Naylor at the end of Chapter 4?

8. How have Naylor's fortunes changed when he returns to the Academy at the beginning of Chapter 7?

9. What issue does Nick have with with Sven Gland's ad campaign in Chapter 7?

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

Essay Topics

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 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?

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