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. To what does Nick liken the speech BR gives at the beginning Chapter 13?

2. What does Heather tell Nick when she calls him back in Chapter 15?

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

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

5. What does Jeff Megall send to pick up Nick instead of a Mustang in Chapter 17?

Short Essay Questions

1. How has Sven improved the anti-underage-smoking campaign in Chapter 13?

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

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

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

5. Who is Jack Bein?

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

7. Describe the argument the MOD Squad has in Chapter 13.

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

9. How is Nick's tryst in Chapter 15 with Jeannette odd?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The narrative of Thank You for Smoking is peppered with interactions between Nick Naylor and individuals that he wants to encourage to join the push in improving tobacco's image. Write an essay about these interchanges. What does each person have to offer big tobacco? How does Naylor go about convincing individual in question that teaming up with the Academy is a good idea? What compromised ethics are required in this deal?

Part 1) Penelope Dent

Part 2) Jeff Megall

Part 3) Lorne Lutch

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

Self-interest is the primary motivation of most of the character in Buckley's novel. Write an essay on the role of self-interest in the narrative, focusing on three parts:

Part 1) Twice over the course of the novel, Nick Naylor sleeps with a woman, believing that she is genuinely interested in him, only to find out that she is after personal gain. Discuss these two instances and the self-interest that drives both women? How is Nick instrumental to their separate goals?

Part 2) Nick does not trust BR at the beginning of the novel, but as strange events accumulate and Nick's live is endangered, he grows to rely on BR. How is this a terrible mistake for Nick? What ulterior motive does BR have in ingratiating himself to Nick? What does he hide from Nick in pursuit of this goal?

Part 3) Choose a tertiary character that is supposed to be held to a higher standard than the lobbyists of the Academy such as Lorne Lutch and Reverend Griggs. How is this character clearly corrupted in the novel and away from more altruistic pursuits? What is the nature of this character's self-interested corruption? What leads him to it?

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