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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. In Chapter 26, how does Nick explain the plane ticket purchased on his card to the FBI?
2. In Chapter 20, what does Senator Finisterre want to put on cigarette packs?
3. What is the name of the hotel where Nick is staying in Chapter 17?
4. Mentioned in Chapter 23, what is the name of the cigarette's popular in urban communities?
5. What topic does Bernie the masseuse babble on about in Chapter 17?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does Nick convince Lorne Lutch to take the bribe in Chapter 18?
2. What does Heather imply to Nick in Chapter 21?
3. Describe the hotel that Nick goes to in Chapter 17.
4. What plan is Senator Finisterre trying to pass through Congress in Chapter 19?
5. What request does the Captain make of Nick in Chapter 13?
6. How is Nick's tryst in Chapter 15 with Jeannette odd?
7. Describe Nick's arrest in Chapter 24?
8. What vision does Nick have at the beginning of Chapter 15?
9. What issues in Chapter 19 make Nick uneasy about agrees to a deal with Jeff Megall?
10. In Chapter 20, how does Nick rebut Senator Finisterre's cigarette criticism on Nightline?
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
Write an essay about cigarettes as a symbol in the novel. How are cigarettes at once an enduring icon in American history and a sort of scapegoat for American excess? What do cigarettes symbolize in Buckley's novel? How does the attitudes and biases surrounding them permeate every aspect of Nick Naylor's life? How do they simultaneously endanger him and save his life in the novel? In summation, discuss whether cigarettes are presented in a largely positive or negative light.
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