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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 Penelope Bent famous?
2. What is Nick looking at in Chapter 15 when he imagines a vast nude tableau?
3. What impressive feet does the actress do in footage Nick watches with Jeff Megall in Chapter 23?
4. In Chapter 15, what idea does Jeannette have when she comes to Nick's office?
5. What type of farm does Lorne Lutch have?
Short Essay Questions
1. What concerns has the Captain long had about BR that he reveals in Chapter 25?
2. How does Nick convince Lorne Lutch to take the bribe in Chapter 18?
3. Describe Nick's arrest in Chapter 24?
4. What do Allman and Monmaney find that prompts them to arrest Nick in this section?
5. How does Nick deal with the passage of Senator Finisterre's bill in this section?
6. What plan is Senator Finisterre trying to pass through Congress in Chapter 19?
7. How does the film footage in Chapter 23 look?
8. What vision does Nick have at the beginning of Chapter 15?
9. Describe the hotel that Nick goes to in Chapter 17.
10. What does Heather imply to Nick in Chapter 21?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Buckley uses setting in Thank You for Smoking to show the different fiefdoms created by powerful industries in America. Write an essay about the three most prevalent locations in the novel. What industry does the reader associate with each setting? How does this industry permeate every aspect of this setting? What characters are most dominant in each city, and how do they affect their surroundings in a palpable way?
Part 1) Washington, DC
Part 2) Los Angeles
Part 3) Winston-Salem
Essay Topic 2
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 3
The MOD Squad is a compelling device in the novel. It allows several characters, particularly Nick, to speak honestly about their industry and the world of lobbying in general. Write an essay about the role of the MOD Squad in the novel. How do the three merchants of death relate to each other? What information do they discuss that they could not discuss with the general public? What arguments do they have? Describe each individual relationship within the group.
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