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This test consists of 5 short answer questions and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What news does Jeannette give Nick at dinner in Chapter 15?
2. In Chapter 15, what idea does Jeannette have when she comes to Nick's office?
3. In Chapter 23, what PBS personality is the Naylor's favorite skull from Sven modeled?
4. What does the Captain say Nick should ask Lutch to do in return for the Academy's money in Chapter 14?
5. Why is Nick hesitant about letting Monmaney and Allman into his apartment in Chapter 22?
Essay Topic 1
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 2
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?
Essay Topic 3
Throughout most of the novel, the nico-terrorists seem like a credible and immediate danger to Nick Naylor. They turn out, in the end, to be a red herring designed to catalyze Nick's public discrediting. Write an essay about this process int he novel. How are the nico-terrorists introduced? Why are they unsuccessful in killing Nick? How does the reader become aware that their organization is a farce? Sum up the essay by explaining who the terrorists, are.
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