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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Part II, Chapters 1-4.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What vulgar story does Mailer tell the assembled audience in Chapter 6?
(a) His urination before the show.
(b) His struggles with intense constipation.
(c) How he ran into a dog on the highway yesterday.
(d) A woman he slept with earlier in the week.

2. Which Ivy League university did both Mailer and the Chapter 2 caller graduate from?
(a) Cornell.
(b) Harvard.
(c) Columbia.
(d) Yale.

3. What other protest speaker is on the same plane as with Mailer in Chapter 3?
(a) Dwight Macdonald.
(b) Robert Lowell.
(c) Ed de Grazia.
(d) Paul Goodman.

4. What is significant about the way Lowell recites his poetry in Chapter 6?
(a) He does not use notes.
(b) He affects a British accent.
(c) He speaks incredibly quietly.
(d) He pauses for minutes at a time.

5. Which character in Chapter 3 is astounded by the fact that the papers were kind to Mailer's performance and not his?
(a) Ed de Grazia.
(b) Robert Lowell.
(c) Dwight Macdonald.
(d) Paul Goodman.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Mailer carry with him when he leaves the part in Chapter 4?

2. On what day of the week is the march taking place?

3. Why does Mailer's conversation with Macdonald become awkward in Chapter 4?

4. Whose "dwarf alter ego" did Mailer claim to be at the Ambassador speech, according to Macdonald in Chapter 3?

5. How does the audience respond to Lowell's poem in Chapter 6?

(see the answer key)

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