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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. Where does BR send Nick in Chapter 16 to meet Lady Bent?
2. What cryptic comment does Gomez O'Neal make to Nick at the end of Chapter 13?
3. Whom does Nick blame on the the investigation when Heather calls him in Chapter 23?
4. What does BR order Nick to do at the beginning of Chapter 25?
5. Mentioned in Chapter 23, what is the name of the cigarette's popular in urban communities?
Short Essay Questions
1. What concerns has the Captain long had about BR that he reveals in Chapter 25?
2. Who is Jack Bein?
3. Describe the argument the MOD Squad has in Chapter 13.
4. What request does the Captain make of Nick in Chapter 13?
5. What is odd about Monmaney and Allman's question is Chapter 14?
6. How does Nick convince Lady Bent to speak against trade regulations in Chapter 16?
7. Why does Nick decide to go to Winston-Salem in Chapter 25?
8. In Chapter 20, how does Nick rebut Senator Finisterre's cigarette criticism on Nightline?
9. How does Nick deal with the passage of Senator Finisterre's bill in this section?
10. Describe Nick's arrest in Chapter 24?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 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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