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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. Mamet writes in Chapter 34: Hope and Change, that a democracy doesn't elect the best people in the country for what reason?
(a) They represent a third party.
(b) They generally don't run.
(c) They don't raise enough funds.
(d) They aren't as popular.

2. What word means to speak damagingly of; criticize in a derogatory manner; sully; defame?
(a) Denigrate.
(b) Critique.
(c) Praise.
(d) Abolish.

3. Mamet claims in Chapter 31: Breatharian, that government intervention serves to do what?
(a) Advance the understandings of man.
(b) Complicate simple tasks.
(c) Retard the advancement of man.
(d) Create regulations and taxes.

4. In Chapter 38: Who Does One Think He Is? Mamet claims that he wrote "The Secret Knowledge" not because he's an expert but because he is what?
(a) Lacking listeners.
(b) A citizen with something to say.
(c) A true patriot.
(d) Saddened by the state of the country.

5. Although Camp Kawaga in Chicago that Mamet attended was a summer camp for Jewish children, they were forced to take part in what?
(a) Republican events.
(b) Muslim events.
(c) Christian events.
(d) Pagan events.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to Mamet, the United Nations destroyed the image of America by identifying the nation as what?

2. In Chapter 23: Greed, Mamet writes that greed is a sin according to what?

3. Karl Marx was quoted for saying that "from each according to his ability, to each according to his" what?

4. Mamet claims in Chapter 35: The Small Refrigerator, that the biggest fault of his generation is what?

5. What concept stands on the side of the street sweeper and urges him to ask for more on payday since he gets far less than a physician, according to Mamet in Chapter 32: The Street Sweeper and the Surgeon, or Marxism Examined?

Short Essay Questions

1. What does Mamet assert to be the reason for America's success in Chapter 39: The Secret Knowledge? What threatens that success to Mamet?

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

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

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

5. What does Mamet write about his own military experience in Chapter 37: Late Revelations?

6. What does Mamet claim to the objective of Al Sharpton in Chapter 22: My Father, Al Sharpton, and the Designated Criminal?

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

8. What metaphor does Mamet cite for liberal perspectives in Chapter 35: The Small Refrigerator?

9. How does Mamet describe his Christian experiences at Kamp Kwaga in Chapter 25: Oakton Manor and Camp Kawaga?

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

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