Hunter S. Thompson: Biography & Books


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What style of journalism is Hunter S. Thompson widely credited as having invented?

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1. Which United States president did Hunter S. Thompson consider to be his arch nemesis?

2. Which of the following books was Hunter S. Thompson's 'lost novel?'

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet will help you understand the life and works of Hunter S. Thompson, as well as the style of gonzo journalism and its origins.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use this printable quiz and worksheet to review:

  • The life and career of Hunter S. Thompson
  • Major critically acclaimed works written by Thompson
  • Impact of the gonzo writing style on traditional journalism
  • Thompson's insight into American politics

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you retain the most important information about the life of Hunter S. Thompson and how his writing influenced a generation.
  • Making connections - understand how Hunter S. Thompson eschewed journalistic objectivity and transformed the media landscape.
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the origin and style of gonzo journalism.

Additional Learning

Learn more about the explosive rise and demise of Hunter S. Thompson and the inception of his gonzo style. Review the accompanying lesson that covers the following objectives:

  • Examine works by Hunter S. Thompson, including Hell's Angels: The Strange and Terrible Saga of the Outlaw Motorcycle Gang and Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
  • Discuss the lasting affect Thompson had on the traditional media landscape
  • Learn about Hunter S. Thompson's rise and fall as a celebrated pioneer of writing