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. In Chapter 20, what does Senator Finisterre want to put on cigarette packs?

2. In Chapter 23, what PBS personality is the Naylor's favorite skull from Sven modeled?

3. In Chapter 13, what words does Sven subliminally embed int he anti-smoking ad he makes for the Academy?

4. Who does Nick find in his office in Chapter 25?

5. In Chapter 26, how does Nick explain the plane ticket purchased on his card to the FBI?

Short Essay Questions

1. What problem is the Academy having in Asia?

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

3. How does Nick convince Lorne Lutch to take the bribe in Chapter 18?

4. What vision does Nick have at the beginning of Chapter 15?

5. What do Allman and Monmaney find that prompts them to arrest Nick in this section?

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

7. What deal do Jeff Megall and Nick discuss in Chapter 17?

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

9. Describe Nick's arrest in Chapter 24?

10. Why does Nick decide to go to Winston-Salem in Chapter 25?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The Washington, DC, of Thank You for Smoking is one in which trusted - or at least reliable - institutions are crumbling and corrupt. They live by lies and the drive of individual ambition of those within them. Write an essay in three parts about the lapsed institutions of the novel:

Part 1) The dominant culture of Washington, DC, is politics. What is known about the politicians in the novel? Are they intelligent, trustworthy, or ethical? Do they want much of anything beyond publicity? Cite individual examples of politicians in the text.

Part 2) The press in Washington, DC, is primarily represented by the character of Heather Holloway. What is her primary objective in the novel, and how does she go about attaining it? Are her tactics in keeping with what one would generally call journalistic ethics?

Part 3) Nick Naylor bends over backwards trying to justify his work in the lobbying industry in Washington D.C. How is his lobby ethically compromised beyond even the lax standards of lobbying firms in general? Who in the Academy is most indicative of this internal rot?

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Thank You for Smoking is in many respects a satire on the nanny-state that developed in America in the mid-1990's. Write an essay about how the efforts of the "gaspers" reflect the domestic policies of the Clinton years. How are characters like Senator Finisterre and Gordon Craighead portrayed in the novel? Are they protecting Americans, in Buckley's opinion, or curtailing their freedoms? What was happening in America at the time that this novel was published that is reflected in the narrative?

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