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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. How does the audience respond to Lowell's poem in Chapter 6?
(a) They leave.
(b) They offer polite applause.
(c) They sit impassively.
(d) They give a standing ovation.

2. What sport does Mailer liken the debate over Vietnam to in Chapter 5?
(a) Baseball.
(b) Bowling.
(c) Soccer.
(d) Football.

3. In Chapter 6, how does Mailer characterize Macdonald politically?
(a) A know-nothing.
(b) An anti-communist.
(c) A libertarian.
(d) A Trotskyite.

4. Who is emceeing when Mailer arrives to the theatre in Chapter 5?
(a) de Grazia.
(b) Goodman.
(c) Lowell.
(d) Macdonald.

5. Who speaks with Mitch Goodman at the Justice Department in Chapter 4?
(a) Norman Mailer.
(b) Robert Lowell.
(c) Dr. Ben Spock.
(d) Noam Chomsky.

6. In Chapter 4, what events does Mailer contend are always the same?
(a) Vietnam protests.
(b) Rides from airports to hotels.
(c) Book discussions.
(d) Liberal parties.

7. What response does Coffin get to his turning in of the draft cards in Chapter 4?
(a) He is swarmed by press.
(b) He gets into a heated argument with the Solicitor General.
(c) He is refused by the Justice officials.
(d) He is arrested.

8. What crime would Mailer be guilty of in returning young men's draft cards during the march, according to the statement in Chapter 2?
(a) Providing comfort to the enemies of the U.S.
(b) Theft of government property.
(c) Impeding an executive order.
(d) Aiding someone refusing the draft.

9. Which of the following is not something Mailer is mentioned doing during his emceeing of Chapter 5?
(a) Sweating through his shirt.
(b) Rambling incoherently.
(c) Slurring his speech.
(d) Cursing.

10. In Chapter 2, what does Mailer agree to do the protest?
(a) Stay away from it.
(b) Cover it for the Village Voice.
(c) Speak at it.
(d) Be photographed with the organizer.

11. In Chapter 1, what is significant about Mailer's state at the time he is arrested?
(a) He is asleep.
(b) He is sedated.
(c) He is drunk.
(d) He is naked.

12. Who begins the informal meeting in Chapter 3?
(a) Robert Lowell.
(b) Mitch Goodman.
(c) Norman Mailer.
(d) Paul Goodman.

13. Where do the organizers of the March go for breakfast in Chapter 3?
(a) A union hall.
(b) A church.
(c) A bar.
(d) Another hotel.

14. In Chapter 6, what does Mailer do after leaving the theatre?
(a) He goes to another bar.
(b) He falls asleep in a doorway.
(c) He goes to the hotel.
(d) He sleeps backstage.

15. Where do Lowell, Mailer, and Macdonald go after the card return in Chapter 4?
(a) The hotel.
(b) A hot-dog stand.
(c) A bar.
(d) The Pentagon.

Short Answer Questions

1. What strain of sociopolitical thinking does Mailer chart through America in a speech in Chapter 1?

2. Where are the protest speakers going when they leave the part at the end of Chapter 4?

3. To what does Mailer compare his hangover in Chapter 2?

4. What is provided for the young men in Chapter 3's breakfast?

5. At which hotel is Mailer staying?

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