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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 hesitant about letting Monmaney and Allman into his apartment in Chapter 22?
2. In Chapter 26, how does Nick explain the plane ticket purchased on his card to the FBI?
3. Who is arrested along with Nick in Chapter 24?
4. What response to the probably passage of the skull-and-crossbones label does Nick suggest in Chapter 22?
5. What impressive feet does the actress do in footage Nick watches with Jeff Megall in Chapter 23?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does Nick convince Lady Bent to speak against trade regulations in Chapter 16?
2. Describe the hotel that Nick goes to in Chapter 17.
3. Why is Nick unable to get counsel from Carlinsky in Chapter 26?
4. What is odd about Monmaney and Allman's question is Chapter 14?
5. What does Nick think truly has happened to him since the attack?
6. What problem is the Academy having in Asia?
7. What issues in Chapter 19 make Nick uneasy about agrees to a deal with Jeff Megall?
8. Why does Nick decide to go to Winston-Salem in Chapter 25?
9. In Chapter 20, how does Nick rebut Senator Finisterre's cigarette criticism on Nightline?
10. What does Heather imply to Nick in Chapter 21?
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
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
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
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