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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. Lady Bent is particularly well-known for holding strong against which adversaries?
2. In Chapter 21, what does BR inform Nick the the FBI wants to look at?
3. Why is the Captain in the hospital in Chapter 14?
4. How does Nick physically react to the cigarette he smokes in Chapter 13?
5. In Chapter 21, Nick and Jeff Megall decide the scenes in the science fiction film with smoking will only play where?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does Nick convince Lady Bent to speak against trade regulations in Chapter 16?
2. What concerns has the Captain long had about BR that he reveals in Chapter 25?
3. What vision does Nick have at the beginning of Chapter 15?
4. What is odd about Monmaney and Allman's question is Chapter 14?
5. Describe the hotel that Nick goes to in Chapter 17.
6. What deal do Jeff Megall and Nick discuss in Chapter 17?
7. Describe the argument the MOD Squad has in Chapter 13.
8. Why is Nick unable to get counsel from Carlinsky in Chapter 26?
9. Who is Jack Bein?
10. What do Allman and Monmaney find that prompts them to arrest Nick in this section?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
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 2
Christopher Buckley uses a convention in the novel that was popular both with Shakespeare and Dickens where he pointedly gives his character's names that obviously reflect their nature. Write an essay in which you choose three characters for whom this is the case. What essential part of each character does his or her name reflect? Does the name act as a forewarning about the character to the reader or does the name's meaning only become clear after the fact?
Essay Topic 3
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?
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