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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Which of the following writers is not speaking at the protest?
(a) Robert Lowell.
(b) Ed de Grazia.
(c) Dwight Macdonald.
(d) Susan Sontag.

2. What favor has Mailer recently done for Goodman?
(a) He recommended him for a Times op-ed.
(b) He praised him on the Dick Cavett Show.
(c) He wrote a blurb for his book.
(d) He became Goodman's son's godfather.

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

4. What word does Mailer use repeatedly in Chapter 1 to describe the effect of the Pentagon March?
(a) Ambiguous.
(b) Subtle.
(c) Galvanizing.
(d) Disappointing.

5. How does Mailer offend the hostess in Chapter 4?
(a) He breaks her toilet.
(b) He call her a loon.
(c) He refuses dinner.
(d) He forgets her name.

6. At the beginning of Chapter 3, what does Mailer resolve to do?
(a) Get arrested.
(b) Punch Mitch Goodman.
(c) Stay sober for the march.
(d) Slip out of Washingotn in the afternoon.

7. Who is William Sloane Coffin?
(a) A local DC businessman.
(b) A former Air Force pilot.
(c) Chaplain at Yale.
(d) Editor of The New Republic.

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 does Mailer take from de Grazia in Chapter 4?
(a) His drink.
(b) The key to his hotel room.
(c) The telling of a story from their time in Madrid.
(d) The emcee role for the evening.

10. According to Mailer in Chapter 3, how did Robert Lowell avoid fighting in World War II?
(a) He became a foreign correspondent for the AP.
(b) He was a conscientious objector.
(c) He has flat feet.
(d) He worked in a munitions factory.

11. What does Mailer carry with him when he leaves the part in Chapter 4?
(a) A handful of crackers and cheese.
(b) A vase.
(c) A coffee cup of whiskey.
(d) A Havana cigar.

12. How many young men in Chapter 3 will go to the Department of Justice to represent those turning in their draft cards?
(a) 10.
(b) About 150.
(c) About 100.
(d) About 40.

13. Where does Chapter 2 take place?
(a) An office on I Street.
(b) A publishing house.
(c) A New York bistro.
(d) Mailer's den.

14. In Chapter 1, what does Mailer determine is the goal of an invasion of the Pentagon?
(a) To achieve publicity for the next day's events.
(b) To wound the American military symbolically.
(c) To obstruct the daily activity of the Pentagon.
(d) To provide Paul Goodman a platform to self-promote.

15. The opening of the novel is taken from an article in which publication?
(a) Time Magazine.
(b) The New Yorker.
(c) Cracked.
(d) The Washington Post.

Short Answer Questions

1. According to the article in Chapter 1, why is Norman Mailer arrested?

2. In Chapter 2, what drug does Mailer repeatedly decry?

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

4. Who speaks with Mitch Goodman at the Justice Department in Chapter 4?

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

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