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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 the Captain say Nick should ask Lutch to do in return for the Academy's money in Chapter 14?
4. Where does BR send Nick in Chapter 16 to meet Lady Bent?
5. What cryptic comment does Gomez O'Neal make to Nick at the end of Chapter 13?
Short Essay Questions
1. Why does Nick decide to go to Winston-Salem in Chapter 25?
2. What is odd about Monmaney and Allman's question is Chapter 14?
3. Describe Nick's arrest in Chapter 24?
4. What does Heather imply to Nick in Chapter 21?
5. What deal do Jeff Megall and Nick discuss in Chapter 17?
6. What request does the Captain make of Nick in Chapter 13?
7. Describe the hotel that Nick goes to in Chapter 17.
8. How is Nick's tryst in Chapter 15 with Jeannette odd?
9. How does Nick deal with the passage of Senator Finisterre's bill in this section?
10. What does Nick think truly has happened to him since the attack?
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
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 3
The narrative of Thank You for Smoking is peppered with interactions between Nick Naylor and individuals that he wants to encourage to join the push in improving tobacco's image. Write an essay about these interchanges. What does each person have to offer big tobacco? How does Naylor go about convincing individual in question that teaming up with the Academy is a good idea? What compromised ethics are required in this deal?
Part 1) Penelope Dent
Part 2) Jeff Megall
Part 3) Lorne Lutch
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