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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 type of restaurant does the MOD Squad meet at in Chapter 26?
2. Why did the Captain place a spy in BR's office?
3. Who is arrested along with Nick in Chapter 24?
4. What impressive feet does the actress do in footage Nick watches with Jeff Megall in Chapter 23?
5. To what does Nick liken the speech BR gives at the beginning Chapter 13?
Short Essay Questions
1. How does Nick convince Lady Bent to speak against trade regulations in Chapter 16?
2. What problem is the Academy having in Asia?
3. What request does the Captain make of Nick in Chapter 13?
4. What plan is Senator Finisterre trying to pass through Congress in Chapter 19?
5. What deal do Jeff Megall and Nick discuss in Chapter 17?
6. How is Nick's tryst in Chapter 15 with Jeannette odd?
7. Who is Jack Bein?
8. What concerns has the Captain long had about BR that he reveals in Chapter 25?
9. Describe the argument the MOD Squad has in Chapter 13.
10. How has Sven improved the anti-underage-smoking campaign in Chapter 13?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
The world of tobacco in Buckley's novel is divided into two groups: the old-school manufacturers and the slick image men who try to sell the industry to the country. Write a essay about this conflict, focusing on each side individually:
Part 1) The old style of tobacco men is represented most clearly by the character of the Captain. What does the old man value in business? Why does he take to Nick Naylor so fervently? How are his views considered antiquated by the new guard, and how does his death mark the passing of an era?
Part 2) The new style of image and branding is perhaps best represented by the slick, deceptive BR. What does he want to do to change the Academy, and how do these changes jive with the old style of men like the Captain? What kind of support does BR have at the Academy, and how is his power derived almost exclusively from lies and treachery?
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
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.
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