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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. Who is arrested along with Nick in Chapter 24?
2. What does Nick leave behind when he goes into Lorne's house in Chapter 18?
3. In Chapter 24, Carlinsky tells Nick the FBI found a key in his apartment. What is the key give access to?
4. What type of farm does Lorne Lutch have?
5. What do the FBI agents find in Nick's apartment in Chapter 22?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does Nick convince Lorne Lutch to take the bribe in Chapter 18?
2. Why does Nick decide to go to Winston-Salem in Chapter 25?
3. What does Heather imply to Nick in Chapter 21?
4. What vision does Nick have at the beginning of Chapter 15?
5. Who is Jack Bein?
6. Describe Nick's arrest in Chapter 24?
7. What concerns has the Captain long had about BR that he reveals in Chapter 25?
8. How is Nick's tryst in Chapter 15 with Jeannette odd?
9. How does Nick deal with the passage of Senator Finisterre's bill in this section?
10. What problem is the Academy having in Asia?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
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?
Essay Topic 3
Nick Naylor is portrayed in the novel as a man who is consistently marginalized by society not because of race or beliefs, but because he has allied himself with a deeply unpopular entity. Write an essay about this marginalization in three parts:
Part 1) How does the Prologue of the novel express the omnipresent antipathy Nick Naylor faces in life? What does society at large dislike about what he does? How has Nick adapted to this antipathy? What defenses has he developed?
Part 2) Discuss the relationship that exists among the members of the MOD Squad in the novel. What do the three of them discuss when they meet for lunch? What do they understand about each other's life that most of society cannot?
Part 3) Describe the public attitude that surround's Nick's work, and how this attitude lends credence to the abduction and attempted murder. Are death threats a regular part of Nick Naylor's life? What precautions does the Academy take regarding these omnipresent fears?
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