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. Who does Nick imagine making love to atop the nude tableau of Chapter 15?

2. Whose birthday is Jeff Megall unsure if he is attending in Chapter 19?

3. What does Nick leave behind when he goes into Lorne's house in Chapter 18?

4. In Chapter 21, what does BR inform Nick the the FBI wants to look at?

5. What type of restaurant does the MOD Squad meet at in Chapter 26?

Short Essay Questions

1. What plan is Senator Finisterre trying to pass through Congress in Chapter 19?

2. How does Nick convince Lady Bent to speak against trade regulations in Chapter 16?

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

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 request does the Captain make of Nick in Chapter 13?

7. What does Nick think truly has happened to him since the attack?

8. How does the film footage in Chapter 23 look?

9. Who is Jack Bein?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Nick Naylor is a dynamic protagonists who achieves dizzying heights and harrowing lows over the course of the novel. Write an essay on the scope of his rise and fall, dividing it into a first part about his high water mark. What is the greatest level of power that Nick achieves as a lobbyist in the novel? The second part should deal with his deepest low. What betrayals and freak incidents contribute to this precipitous fall? In summation, discuss what Nick learns from these events.

Essay Topic 2

Self-interest is the primary motivation of most of the character in Buckley's novel. Write an essay on the role of self-interest in the narrative, focusing on three parts:

Part 1) Twice over the course of the novel, Nick Naylor sleeps with a woman, believing that she is genuinely interested in him, only to find out that she is after personal gain. Discuss these two instances and the self-interest that drives both women? How is Nick instrumental to their separate goals?

Part 2) Nick does not trust BR at the beginning of the novel, but as strange events accumulate and Nick's live is endangered, he grows to rely on BR. How is this a terrible mistake for Nick? What ulterior motive does BR have in ingratiating himself to Nick? What does he hide from Nick in pursuit of this goal?

Part 3) Choose a tertiary character that is supposed to be held to a higher standard than the lobbyists of the Academy such as Lorne Lutch and Reverend Griggs. How is this character clearly corrupted in the novel and away from more altruistic pursuits? What is the nature of this character's self-interested corruption? What leads him to it?

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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