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This Week: Al Gore

Al GoreGrowing up inside the Beltway, the son of Senator Albert Gore, Sr. was destined for politics. A Harvard graduate and an Army journalist in Vietnam, Gore has a reputation for seriousness: At one time he reportedly devoted two hours a day to learning the technical details of nuclear arms control. And his studiousness has paid off -- the advance for his best-selling environmentalist tract, Earth In The Balance, totalled $100,000.

But how well do you really know the Veep?

  1. How does Gore describe himself, politically?

"a raging moderate"
"a feminazi"
"a tree hugger"
"the L-word"
"a techno-nerd"

  • In 1987, how did former New Republic columnist Michael Kinsley describe Gore?

    "very lifelike"
    "Michael Dukakis without the sense of humor"
    "an old person's idea of a young person"
    "an environmental wacko"
    "someone with the soul of a vice president"

  • According to a joke in Washington, what is the Secret Service's code name for Gore?

    "Second Banana"
    "Straight Arrow"
    "Cigar Store Indian"
    "Mr. Tipper"
    "Al Gore"

  • In 1993, Gore appeared on the "Late Show with David Letterman." What was the first question Letterman asked him?

    "Doesn't it drive you crazy being an underling to a draft-dodging sleaze?"
    "Hey, have you taught Bill how to inhale?"
    "Don't you have anything better to do than show up here?"
    "So, have you fixed the government?"
    "Clinton and Gore: Gone in Four?"

  • Which of the following could Gore not put on his résumé?

    reporter for the Nashville Tennessean
    tobacco farmer
    Sierra Club member
    divinity student
    Angus beef farmer

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    Ted Rueter is the author of several books on politics, including The Newt Gingrich Quiz Book and The Rush Limbaugh Quiz Book.

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