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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What does Mailer recall as he walks toward the Washington Monument in Chapter 2?
(a) World War II.
(b) An afternoon in Madrid.
(c) The 1963 civil rights march.
(d) Losing his virginity.

3. How many draft cards are turned in at Justice in Chapter 4?
(a) 176.
(b) 320.
(c) 994.
(d) 707.

4. Which descriptor best describes Mailer's feelings while watching Lowell speak in Chapter 6?
(a) Langorous.
(b) Enamored.
(c) Envious.
(d) Bored.

5. What does Mailer intimate about his drinking the night before Chapter 1?
(a) He blacked out.
(b) He became belligerent toward his fellow writers.
(c) He abstained from all alcohol.
(d) He did not get very drunk.

6. In Chapter 1, how long does Mailer suggest it will take to accurately understand the value of the March?
(a) 5-10 years.
(b) 100 years.
(c) 10-20 years.
(d) 40-50 years.

7. Whose flattery in Chapter 4 is Mailer suspicious of?
(a) Macdonald's.
(b) Lowell's.
(c) de Grazia's.
(d) The host's.

8. 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) Dwight Macdonald.
(c) Robert Lowell.
(d) Paul Goodman.

9. 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) Aiding someone refusing the draft.
(c) Theft of government property.
(d) Impeding an executive order.

10. According to mailer in Chapter 1, which of the following qualities is definitely not necessary in a protagonist for the story of the March?
(a) He should be an observer.
(b) He should be a nonpartisan.
(c) He should be an organizer.
(d) He should have participated.

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

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

13. In Chapter 1, who does Mailer get into a cloyingly complimentary conversation?
(a) William Sloane Coffin.
(b) Paul Goodman.
(c) Dwight Macdonald.
(d) Robert Lowell.

14. What does Goodman in Chapter 2 indicate may happen at the protest?
(a) They may invade the Pentagon.
(b) They may egg the President's care.
(c) Eugene McCarthy may speak.
(d) National press may cover the speeches.

15. What is the central action of the protest Mailer is invited to in Chapter 2?
(a) The barricading of the Department of Justice.
(b) The turning in of draft cards.
(c) The obstructing of traffic outside the White House.
(d) The returning of war medals.

Short Answer Questions

1. Where does Chapter 2 take place?

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

3. Where do the organizers of the March go for breakfast in Chapter 3?

4. What instrument does Mailer keep hearing as he marches to the Washington Memorial in Chapter 2?

5. What does Mailer take from de Grazia in Chapter 4?

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