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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. Why is Nick not seated near Senator Finisterre on Nightline in Chapter 20?
2. When they first meet in person in Chapter 17, why does Jeff Megall say he wants to do business with the Academy?
3. What cryptic comment does Gomez O'Neal make to Nick at the end of Chapter 13?
4. Why did the Captain place a spy in BR's office?
5. What does Heather tell Nick when she calls him back in Chapter 15?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does Nick convince Lorne Lutch to take the bribe in Chapter 18?
2. What plan is Senator Finisterre trying to pass through Congress in Chapter 19?
3. How does Nick deal with the passage of Senator Finisterre's bill in this section?
4. What do Allman and Monmaney find that prompts them to arrest Nick in this section?
5. What does Heather imply to Nick in Chapter 21?
6. What problem is the Academy having in Asia?
7. Who is Jack Bein?
8. How does Nick convince Lady Bent to speak against trade regulations in Chapter 16?
9. How does the film footage in Chapter 23 look?
10. How has Sven improved the anti-underage-smoking campaign in Chapter 13?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Throughout most of the novel, the nico-terrorists seem like a credible and immediate danger to Nick Naylor. They turn out, in the end, to be a red herring designed to catalyze Nick's public discrediting. Write an essay about this process int he novel. How are the nico-terrorists introduced? Why are they unsuccessful in killing Nick? How does the reader become aware that their organization is a farce? Sum up the essay by explaining who the terrorists, are.
Essay Topic 2
The MOD Squad is a compelling device in the novel. It allows several characters, particularly Nick, to speak honestly about their industry and the world of lobbying in general. Write an essay about the role of the MOD Squad in the novel. How do the three merchants of death relate to each other? What information do they discuss that they could not discuss with the general public? What arguments do they have? Describe each individual relationship within the group.
Essay Topic 3
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.
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