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. With what television journalist does Polly have an interview regarding fetal alcohol syndrome in Chapter 7?

2. What criticism does Naylor make to Sven about the marketing campaign in Chapter 7?

3. Which periodical requesting a quote from Nick Naylor in Chapter 1 annoys him?

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

5. What reason does Naylor give the Captain for working at the Academy in Chapter 6?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is odd about Monmaney and Allman's question is Chapter 14?

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

3. Who is Jack Bein?

4. Describe the Captain.

5. What problem is the Academy having in Asia?

6. What ominous assignment does BR give Naylor at the end of Chapter 1?

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

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

9. What types of messages does Nick have waiting for him at the Academy in Chapter 7?

10. Describe the argument the MOD Squad has in Chapter 13.

Essay Topics

Essay Topic 1

Write an essay about Nick Naylor's relationships with women over the course of the novel. Write a paragraph on one of his major relationships with Heather Holloway, Jeannette Dantine, or Polly Bailey. How does each of the first two relationships reflect the truly unwise mating habits of Nick? What does he risk and lose in both of these couplings? What does he learn? Sum up the essay by discussing how Polly is a reflection of what Nick has learned in the novel.

Essay Topic 2

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 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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