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. How does Nick characterize the money to Lorne Lutch in Chapter 18?

2. What does Heather tell Nick when she calls him back in Chapter 15?

3. Why is the Captain in the hospital in Chapter 14?

4. In Chapter 24, Carlinsky tells Nick the FBI found a key in his apartment. What is the key give access to?

5. Where does BR send Nick in Chapter 16 to meet Lady Bent?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why is Nick unable to get counsel from Carlinsky in Chapter 26?

2. In Chapter 20, how does Nick rebut Senator Finisterre's cigarette criticism on Nightline?

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. What does Heather imply to Nick in Chapter 21?

6. What concerns has the Captain long had about BR that he reveals in Chapter 25?

7. Who is Jack Bein?

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

9. Describe Nick's arrest in Chapter 24?

10. How is Nick's tryst in Chapter 15 with Jeannette odd?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 2

Write an essay about cigarettes as a symbol in the novel. How are cigarettes at once an enduring icon in American history and a sort of scapegoat for American excess? What do cigarettes symbolize in Buckley's novel? How does the attitudes and biases surrounding them permeate every aspect of Nick Naylor's life? How do they simultaneously endanger him and save his life in the novel? In summation, discuss whether cigarettes are presented in a largely positive or negative light.

Essay Topic 3

The characters of Thank You for Smoking are almost uniformly compromised, selfish, and deeply callous. Only a few characters attempt to do what is right, and they generally pay a price for it. Write an essay about these good souls. What does each one attempt to do to make things better? How are they invariably foiled in their attempts? Do any of these good hearts succeed in making some form of change in the system? If so, how does this come about?

Part 1) Lorne Lutch

Part 2) Polly Bailey

Part 3) Gomez O'Neal

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