The Midterm Exam

Aug. 21 1998 3:30 AM

The Midterm Exam

Twenty questions for Flytrap students.

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President Clinton has left for vacation and the American people may or may not be "moving on," but Flytrap surely remains. The Speech may have guaranteed Clinton's survival, but it won't prevent more testimony by Monica and Linda, a possible presidential subpoena, a tough report by Starr, and congressional impeachment hearings. So, before Slate heads off on a short vacation of its own, I propose a Flytrap midterm: 20 questions to help keep you busy during the August scandal doldrums. Plenty of mysteries about Flytrap remain. Here's your chance to guess their solutions. (In this test, as in the SAT, you won't know the results for months.)

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1 What did Hillary really know, and when did she know it?

a) Nothing until he told her this weekend. She truly believed him.

b) Suspicions all along but no certainty till this weekend.

c) Everything as soon as the scandal broke in January.

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d) Everything even before the scandal broke.

2. Starr watchers insist he's building a much stronger case against Clinton than a simple sex/perjury allegation. So what is Starr hiding up his sleeve?

a) Evidence of obstruction of justice involving the Lewinsky gifts and job offers.

b) Evidence of suborning perjury involving the "Talking Points." (See Question 5.)

c) Evidence of suborning perjury in the Kathleen Willey matter.

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