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Multiple Choice Questions

1. In Chapter 3: Culture, School Shootings, the Audience, and the Elevator, Mamet writes that the pursuit of ____________________________ is a waste of time and money in that what can be taken from the experience is not marketable and has no relevance to the real work force?
(a) Friendships.
(b) Fast cars.
(c) A liberal college education.
(d) An acting degree.

2. According to Mamet in Chapter 9: Chicago, there was something alluring about what infamous element of Chicago in his childhood?
(a) The garbage hauling industry.
(b) The port authority.
(c) The Mafia.
(d) Dirty politics.

3. In Chapter 13: Maxwell Street, Mamet claims that the Socialist vision of society, of taking care of the weak and downtrodden, only serves to do what?
(a) Encourage dependability on the government.
(b) Tear at the fabric of our nation.
(c) Curb creativity and human imagination.
(d) Make America less prosperous.

4. What term refers to the weapon equipment of a military vehicle, ship, or aircraft?
(a) Armament.
(b) Canon.
(c) Apparatus of death.
(d) Artillery.

5. What does Mamet claim brought about the Car Czar in the Obama administration in Chapter 20: Cabinet Spiritualism and the Car Czar?
(a) "Magic thinking".
(b) "Wishful thinking".
(c) "Communist thinking".
(d) "Arrogant thinking".

6. Who does Mamet equate liberals with who were expelled from England because their "good acts" were seen as contrived and nauseated everyone?
(a) Christians.
(b) Puritans.
(c) Mormons.
(d) Jews.

7. When did a non-violent counterrevolution overthrow the Communists in East Germany?
(a) 1984.
(b) 1993.
(c) 1989.
(d) 1979.

8. According to Mamet in Chapter 7: Choice, a group that knows nothing of the world's history plopped in an isolated area on earth has what one factor that keeps it together?
(a) The human element.
(b) Pride.
(c) Shared ability to see the future.
(d) Shared denial of reality.

9. When was the play "American Buffalo" first produced?
(a) 1953.
(b) 1962.
(c) 1975.
(d) 1960.

10. In Chapter 5: Lost Horizon, Mamet writes that there is a stampede of unskilled individuals into what schools because it is an acceptable pursuit and it is not "work" per se?
(a) Technical colleges.
(b) Film schools.
(c) Business schools.
(d) Ivy league.

11. What does Mamet claim Jane Fonda did in visiting Hanoi and being photographed seated on an anti-aircraft battery?
(a) Enraged the Japanese.
(b) Impressed the prsident.
(c) Ended the war.
(d) Committed treason.

12. In Chapter 13: Maxwell Street, Mamet claims that to Liberals, the government has the responsibility of protecting anyone who claims to be what?
(a) Mentally unstable.
(b) Uneducated.
(c) Poor.
(d) Powerless.

13. Who was the Republican candidate for President in the 2008 election?
(a) John McCain.
(b) Sarah Palin.
(c) Barack Obama.
(d) Joe Biden.

14. What actor was Jane Fonda's father?
(a) Mitchell Fonda.
(b) Robert Fonda.
(c) James Fonda.
(d) Henry Fonda.

15. In addition to being an aeronautical engineer, Nevil Shute was also what?
(a) A dentist.
(b) An author.
(c) A historian.
(d) A professinal motorcycle racer.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Mamet assert would happen to the occupants of an Iranian vehicle with a bumper sticker with a Christian cross, a star of David and a Muslim crescent and the single word, "Co-Exist"?

2. In Chapter 9: Chicago, Mamet writes that the culture of society could be summed up in one phrase, "That's how we do things in Chicago," the sub-text of which was what?

3. Mamet writes in Chapter 10: Milton Friedman Explained that the advantage that free enterprise has over the state is that it can what?

4. In Chapter 17: Puritans, Mamet writes that liberals apply what to all people and causes?

5. According to Mamet in Chapter 1: The Political Impulse, justice was seen by the Left as meaning what?

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