The Armies of the Night: History as a Novel, the Novel as History Quiz | Eight Week Quiz C

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This quiz consists of 5 multiple choice and 5 short answer questions through Part III, Chapters 1-3.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Whose "dwarf alter ego" did Mailer claim to be at the Ambassador speech, according to Macdonald in Chapter 3?
(a) Lyndon Johnson's.
(b) Ben Franklin's.
(c) Abbie Hoffman's.
(d) William Burroughs'.

2. 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) A woman he slept with earlier in the week.
(d) How he ran into a dog on the highway yesterday.

3. In Chapter 2, what does Mailer specifically not want done to him at the protest, should the police sweep in?
(a) He does not want to be maced.
(b) He does not want to be struck.
(c) He does not want to be shot.
(d) He does not want to be arrested.

4. Which of the following is not a style of dress that marchers wear in Chapter 2?
(a) Eisenhower jackets.
(b) African dashikis.
(c) Turkish shepherd robes.
(d) Sgt. Pepper uniforms.

5. What does Mailer liken himself to when he begins emceeing in Chapter 5?
(a) A mason laying foundation.
(b) A jazz musician riffing on a theme.
(c) A surgeon tending a breech birth.
(d) A lawyer parsing words.

Short Answer Questions

1. In Chapter 1, who does Mailer get into a cloyingly complimentary conversation?

2. What is Mailer doing in Chapter 5 when a Time Magazine correspondent approaches him?

3. Which descriptor best describes Mailer's feelings while watching Lowell speak in Chapter 6?

4. What did the performance space in this section used to be used for?

5. At the beginning of Chapter 1, to what does Mailer compare the atmosphere of the Hay-Adams breakfast crowd?

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