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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 St. Euthanasius?
2. How does Naylor return to Washington D.C. at the end of Chapter 6?
3. Which famous public figure recently had a sex scandal explode in the restaurant where Nick meets Heather Holloway in Chapter 9?
4. What is Gazelle's position at the Academy?
5. In Chapter 5, who is Naylor is seated onstage next?
Short Essay Questions
1. In Chapter 1, what differences between BR and his predecessor does Naylor note?
2. What is the Academy of Tobacco Studies?
3. What does the reader learn about Gazelle in Chapter 7?
4. Why is Nick's Today Show interview in Chapter 12 such a hit?
5. Why is USA Today trying to contact Naylor in Chapter 1?
6. In Chapter 3, how does BR try to undermine Naylor?
7. What issue does Nick have with with Sven Gland's ad campaign in Chapter 7?
8. Why does Nick survive the attempt on his life by the nico-terrorists?
9. How have Naylor's fortunes changed when he returns to the Academy at the beginning of Chapter 7?
10. How is Nick's Larry King interview interrupted with some shocking news?
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
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 3
Nick Naylor is a dynamic protagonists who achieves dizzying heights and harrowing lows over the course of the novel. Write an essay on the scope of his rise and fall, dividing it into a first part about his high water mark. What is the greatest level of power that Nick achieves as a lobbyist in the novel? The second part should deal with his deepest low. What betrayals and freak incidents contribute to this precipitous fall? In summation, discuss what Nick learns from these events.
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