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. From what state is the caller who announces he will kill Nick Naylor in Chapter 8?

2. What is found in the mad shooter's car in at the end of Chapter 2?

3. At the end of Chapter 4, BR asks Naylor to mention what on Oprah?

4. What is the name of the conference at which Naylor is speaking in the Prologue?

5. In what city does Nick Naylor live?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why did Polly Baily join the Moderation Council?

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

3. How does Nick fare in the Oprah show?

4. Why is USA Today trying to contact Naylor in Chapter 1?

5. How does Nick Naylor defend his position at Clean Lungs 2000?

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

7. In Chapter 1, what differences between BR and his predecessor does Naylor note?

8. What does the reader learn about Gazelle in Chapter 7?

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

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

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?

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

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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