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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. When was Al Sharpton born?
(a) 1938.
(b) 1961.
(c) 1954.
(d) 1947.

2. When was Franklin Delano Roosevelt born?
(a) 1896.
(b) 1902.
(c) 1863.
(d) 1882.

3. Mamet claims in Chapter 38: Who Does One Think He Is? that the difference between fairness and equality is that the latter can be given what?
(a) A value.
(b) A standard.
(c) To future generations.
(d) Laws.

4. Mamet claims in Chapter 26: Feminism, that the left's dislike of Sarah Palin is in large part because she is what?
(a) Pretty.
(b) A "worker".
(c) Alaskan.
(d) Smart.

5. Who did David Mamet claim was a brilliant actress and comedienne but failed to meet the standards of the feminists of her day in Chapter 26: Feminism?
(a) Marilyn Monroe.
(b) Lucille Ball.
(c) Jane Fonda.
(d) Susan Sarandon.

Short Answer Questions

1. Mamet writes that marriage is a naturally evolved response to the primordial urge for what?

2. Roughly when did the Cold War begin?

3. Mamet writes in Chapter 34: Hope and Change, that a democracy doesn't elect the best people in the country for what reason?

4. Mamet writes in Chapter 29: The Family, that the family is the single-most important unit for transmitting what?

5. In Chapter 26: Feminism, Mamet claims that the weakening of what will eventually destroy the family which is essential for a successful society?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is Saul Alinsky described in Chapter 37: Late Revelations? What criticism does Mamet have for community organization?

2. How does Mamet describe the internal sources of America's destruction in Chapter 22: My Father, Al Sharpton, and the Designated Criminal? What external sources does he describe?

3. How has opinion changed regarding the Jewish people, according to Mamet in Chapter 28: Some Personal History?

4. How are the Ashkenazi Jews described in Chapter 27: The Ashkenazis? How did Mamet's grandparents succeed in America?

5. How does Mamet relate the metaphor of the street sweeper to Marxism in Chapter 32: The Street Sweeper and the Surgeon, or Marxism Examined?

6. What is the outcome of government intervention in the economy according to Mamet in Chapter 31: Breatharian?

7. What does Mamet claim about the denigration of American culture in Chapter 22: My Father, Al Sharpton, and the Designated Criminal?

8. How does Mamet describe liberal hypocrisy in regard to feminism in Chapter 26: Feminism?

9. How does Mamet relate the government to a sports referee in Chapter 30: Naturally Evolved Institutions?

10. Why does Mamet state that a democracy does not generally elect the best people into office in Chapter 34: Hope and Change? What example does he cite?

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