Thank You for Smoking Test | Final 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. Whose birthday is Jeff Megall unsure if he is attending in Chapter 19?

2. To what does Nick liken the speech BR gives at the beginning Chapter 13?

3. What recommendation does the Captain make to Nick in a call in Chapter 23?

4. What does the Captain want Lady Bents speaking against publicly in Chapter 16?

5. In Chapter 13, what is every member of the Academy told they will have to attend?

Short Essay Questions

1. How has Sven improved the anti-underage-smoking campaign in Chapter 13?

2. Describe Nick's arrest in Chapter 24?

3. What concerns has the Captain long had about BR that he reveals in Chapter 25?

4. How is Nick's tryst in Chapter 15 with Jeannette odd?

5. Who is Jack Bein?

6. What request does the Captain make of Nick in Chapter 13?

7. What issues in Chapter 19 make Nick uneasy about agrees to a deal with Jeff Megall?

8. What problem is the Academy having in Asia?

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

10. What does Heather imply to Nick in Chapter 21?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Buckley uses setting in Thank You for Smoking to show the different fiefdoms created by powerful industries in America. Write an essay about the three most prevalent locations in the novel. What industry does the reader associate with each setting? How does this industry permeate every aspect of this setting? What characters are most dominant in each city, and how do they affect their surroundings in a palpable way?

Part 1) Washington, DC

Part 2) Los Angeles

Part 3) Winston-Salem

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

In many pieces of literature words are simply the vessels of meaning; not so with Thank You for Smoking. Write an essay on the alternate use of words in the novel. Firstly, how are they used as weapons? Secondly, how are they used to conceal meaning? Discuss which characters are noted as being most effective in using words. How does he or she do so? What does all of this say about the world of politics and lobbying in the modern era?

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