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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. Who is entertaining the audience when the speakers arrive?
(a) A folk music group.
(b) An improv group.
(c) A troup of mimes.
(d) A poet.

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

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

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

7. To what does Mailer compare his hangover in Chapter 2?
(a) A garbage heap.
(b) Napalm.
(c) An earthquake.
(d) An atomic bomb.

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

9. In Chapter 1, what does Mailer claim the young generation hates more than anything else?
(a) The free market.
(b) Poverty.
(c) War.
(d) Authority.

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

11. With whom does Mailer get into a shouting matching in Chapter 6?
(a) A heckler.
(b) de Grazia.
(c) The hostess of the party.
(d) The Time Magazine reporter.

12. At what theatre is the presentation of Chapter 5 located?
(a) The Ambassador.
(b) The National Theatre.
(c) The Arena.
(d) Ford's Theatre.

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. In Chapter 2, what does Mailer specifically not want done to him at the protest, should the police sweep in?

2. What is scheduled to happen in Washington, DC, the day that Mailer arrives?

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

4. Which of the following men is not quoted by Mailer is having advocated sensory adjudication in Chapter 2?

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

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