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. Which of the following characters does not leave a message for Nick while he is having sex with Jeannette in Chapter 21?

2. Who does Nick recommend for Lorne's CNN press conference in Chapter 18?

3. What recommendation does the Captain make to Nick in a call in Chapter 23?

4. What do the FBI agents find in Nick's apartment in Chapter 22?

5. Whom does Nick blame on the the investigation when Heather calls him in Chapter 23?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is odd about Monmaney and Allman's question is Chapter 14?

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

3. What do Allman and Monmaney find that prompts them to arrest Nick in this section?

4. How does Nick deal with the passage of Senator Finisterre's bill in this section?

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

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

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

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

9. What problem is the Academy having in Asia?

10. What deal do Jeff Megall and Nick discuss in Chapter 17?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

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 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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