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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. Why is Nick hesitant about letting Monmaney and Allman into his apartment in Chapter 22?
2. What topic does Bernie the masseuse babble on about in Chapter 17?
3. What does the Captain say Nick should ask Lutch to do in return for the Academy's money in Chapter 14?
4. On Nick's flight to LA in Chapter 17, who makes a nasty comment to him?
5. In Chapter 15, which of the following is not an odd sexual proclivity of Jeannette's?
Short Essay Questions
1. How has Sven improved the anti-underage-smoking campaign in Chapter 13?
2. What deal do Jeff Megall and Nick discuss in Chapter 17?
3. In Chapter 20, how does Nick rebut Senator Finisterre's cigarette criticism on Nightline?
4. What issues in Chapter 19 make Nick uneasy about agrees to a deal with Jeff Megall?
5. How does Nick deal with the passage of Senator Finisterre's bill in this section?
6. What do Allman and Monmaney find that prompts them to arrest Nick in this section?
7. Who is Jack Bein?
8. How does the film footage in Chapter 23 look?
9. What concerns has the Captain long had about BR that he reveals in Chapter 25?
10. What plan is Senator Finisterre trying to pass through Congress in Chapter 19?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Nick Naylor is portrayed in the novel as a man who is consistently marginalized by society not because of race or beliefs, but because he has allied himself with a deeply unpopular entity. Write an essay about this marginalization in three parts:
Part 1) How does the Prologue of the novel express the omnipresent antipathy Nick Naylor faces in life? What does society at large dislike about what he does? How has Nick adapted to this antipathy? What defenses has he developed?
Part 2) Discuss the relationship that exists among the members of the MOD Squad in the novel. What do the three of them discuss when they meet for lunch? What do they understand about each other's life that most of society cannot?
Part 3) Describe the public attitude that surround's Nick's work, and how this attitude lends credence to the abduction and attempted murder. Are death threats a regular part of Nick Naylor's life? What precautions does the Academy take regarding these omnipresent fears?
Essay Topic 2
Write an essay about cigarettes as a symbol in the novel. How are cigarettes at once an enduring icon in American history and a sort of scapegoat for American excess? What do cigarettes symbolize in Buckley's novel? How does the attitudes and biases surrounding them permeate every aspect of Nick Naylor's life? How do they simultaneously endanger him and save his life in the novel? In summation, discuss whether cigarettes are presented in a largely positive or negative light.
Essay Topic 3
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?
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