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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. Who poses as a policeman and removes Nick from the Captain's funeral at the end of Chapter 26?
3. What does the Captain ask Nick to do regarding Lorne Lutch in Chapter 13?
4. What impressive feet does the actress do in footage Nick watches with Jeff Megall in Chapter 23?
5. Why is Penelope Bent famous?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does Nick convince Lorne Lutch to take the bribe in Chapter 18?
2. In Chapter 20, how does Nick rebut Senator Finisterre's cigarette criticism on Nightline?
3. What issues in Chapter 19 make Nick uneasy about agrees to a deal with Jeff Megall?
4. Why is Nick unable to get counsel from Carlinsky in Chapter 26?
5. What concerns has the Captain long had about BR that he reveals in Chapter 25?
6. What does Heather imply to Nick in Chapter 21?
7. What vision does Nick have at the beginning of Chapter 15?
8. How has Sven improved the anti-underage-smoking campaign in Chapter 13?
9. Why does Nick decide to go to Winston-Salem in Chapter 25?
10. What problem is the Academy having in Asia?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Although the novel is told from a third-person point-of-view, much of the action is left in a sort of uncertain state. Write an essay about information withheld by the narrator in the novel. What is the purpose of withholding information? How does the omitting of this information place the reader very much in the same situation as Nick Naylor? Is all of this information connected to the main betrayal at the end? Sum up the essay by discussing the importance of the revelations in the final chapters.
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
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?
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