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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. Dred Scott v. Sandford was a ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court that people of African descent brought into the United States and held as slaves (or their descendants, whether or not they were slaves) could never be what?
(a) Slave owners.
(b) Republicans.
(c) Christians.
(d) U.S. citizens.

2. What is defined as existing in the mind; belonging to the thinking subject rather than to the object of thought?
(a) Intuiion.
(b) Incentive.
(c) Subjective.
(d) Psychic.

3. Mamet claims in Chapter 33: Self-Evident Truth, that the people should save their abstract such as hope and their spiritual beliefs for what?
(a) Religion.
(b) The dinner table.
(c) The weekend.
(d) Politics.

4. Mamet writes that he did not serve in the military for what reason in Chapter 37: Late Revelations?
(a) He was given a deferment.
(b) He moved to Canada.
(c) He was wealthy.
(d) He moved to Mexico.

5. What does Mamet define as the practice of indicting and assaulting others for their opinions or for sometimes just stating the truth in Chapter 24: Arrested Development?
(a) Persecution politics.
(b) Party politics.
(c) Blind politics.
(d) Identity politics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Franklin Delano Roosevelt was elected President of the United States in what year?

2. Mamet claims in Chapter 21: Rumpelstiltskin that the impact of liberal policies will result in what?

3. In what year was Sarah Palin appointed Chairman of the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission?

4. U.S. military involvement in the Vietnam War ended in what year?

5. In what year did the stock market crash, leading to the Great Depression?

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Mamet relate liberals to Rumpelstiltskin?

2. How does Mamet relate the benefits of working on a movie set in Chapter 38: Who Does One Think He Is?

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

4. How does Mamet relate demagoguery to the Obama campaign in Chapter 33: Self-Evident Truth?

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

6. 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?

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

8. Why does Mamet criticize the words "hope" and "change" in the Obama campaign in Chapter 34: Hope and Change?

9. How did David Mamet's political beliefs evolve throughout his life?

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

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