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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

3. 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 lawyer parsing words.
(d) A surgeon tending a breech birth.

4. What instrument does Mailer keep hearing as he marches to the Washington Memorial in Chapter 2?
(a) Guitar.
(b) Snare drum.
(c) Saxophone.
(d) Trumpet.

5. Which famous black leader's sister speaks in Chapter 3?
(a) Bobby Seale.
(b) Medger Evers.
(c) Martin Luther King, Jr.
(d) Malcolm X.

6. In Chapter 2, to whom does Mailer state he holds final allegiance?
(a) Fellow artists.
(b) The government.
(c) Hippies.
(d) Himself.

7. Why do Mailer, Macdonald and Lowell want to be arrested first on Saturday?
(a) Only the first ones arrested will be photographed.
(b) They want to escape Mitch Goodman.
(c) They want to get out of the hot sun quickly.
(d) They want to catch an evening flight back to New York.

8. What is provided for the young men in Chapter 3's breakfast?
(a) Toasted English muffins.
(b) Bananas and cantaloupe.
(c) Peanut butter and bread.
(d) Granola.

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

10. In Chapter 3, Mailer states that left-wing groups should choose names similar to what?
(a) Motorcycle gangs.
(b) Fortune 500 companies.
(c) Religious sects.
(d) Right-wing groups.

11. What phrase does Mailer use to stand in for any sort of improvised speech?
(a) Holding court.
(b) Orating.
(c) Winging.
(d) Speaking-in-public.

12. In Chapter 2, what word does Mailer want to tell Mitch Goodman to shove?
(a) Peace.
(b) Resistance.
(c) Taste.
(d) Solidarity.

13. Which of the following men is not quoted by Mailer is having advocated sensory adjudication in Chapter 2?
(a) Ernest Hemingway.
(b) John O'Hara.
(c) Leo Tolstoy.
(d) Thomas Aquinis.

14. 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 40.
(c) About 100.
(d) About 150.

15. Which of Mailer's books is he clinging onto at he enters the theatre in Chapter 5?
(a) The Naked and the Dead.
(b) Why Are We in Vietnam?
(c) The White Negro.
(d) The Executioner's Song.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which of the following is not a style of dress that marchers wear in Chapter 2?

2. With whom does Mailer get into a shouting matching in Chapter 6?

3. In Chapter 6, what does Mailer do after leaving the theatre?

4. In Chapter 4, what events does Mailer contend are always the same?

5. Which social or literary figure calls Mailer in Chapter 2?

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