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. What do both Senator Plum and Nick imply about the nico-terrorists in Chapter 22?

2. On Nick's flight to LA in Chapter 17, who makes a nasty comment to him?

3. What new does Gomez deliver to Nick at the end of Chapter 18?

4. Mentioned in Chapter 23, what is the name of the cigarette's popular in urban communities?

5. What cryptic comment does Gomez O'Neal make to Nick at the end of Chapter 13?

Short Essay Questions

1. What vision does Nick have at the beginning of Chapter 15?

2. Describe Nick's arrest in Chapter 24?

3. How does Nick convince Lorne Lutch to take the bribe in Chapter 18?

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

5. What issues in Chapter 19 make Nick uneasy about agrees to a deal with Jeff Megall?

6. Who is Jack Bein?

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Nick Naylor's perpetual fight against the "gaspers" means a consistent argument that they stand in the way of American values, more so than big tobacco does. Write an essay about Nick's constant debate with the neo-Puritanical elements of America in three parts:

Part 1) Discuss Nick's appearance on Oprah with the kid dying of cancer and Ron Goode. How is the deck stacked against Nick at the beginning of the program, and how does Nick turn the tables? What accusations does he lob at Goode and OSAP, and how does Goode respond? What makes the show a victory for the Academy?

Part 2) Discuss the ongoing argument between Senator Finisterre and Nick. What changes does the Senator want to enact regarding cigarettes? What arguments does Nick make over the course of the novel to rebut these changes? Why does Nick come off so much better than the Senator in this argument?

Part 3) Sum up the essay by discussing what Nick Naylor's central argument about freedom is. What does he consider men like Senator Finisterre and Ron Goode threats to American freedom? What do they want that is incompatible with democracy, according to Nick?

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

In many pieces of literature words are simply the vessels of meaning; not so with Thank You for Smoking. Write an essay on the alternate use of words in the novel. Firstly, how are they used as weapons? Secondly, how are they used to conceal meaning? Discuss which characters are noted as being most effective in using words. How does he or she do so? What does all of this say about the world of politics and lobbying in the modern era?

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