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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Which Ivy League university did both Mailer and the Chapter 2 caller graduate from?
(a) Yale.
(b) Cornell.
(c) Harvard.
(d) Columbia.

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

3. What is Mailer doing in Chapter 5 when a Time Magazine correspondent approaches him?
(a) Trying to punch Paul Goodman.
(b) Sleeping in the aisle.
(c) Urinating on the floor.
(d) Vomiting out the window.

4. In Chapter 6, how does the audience respond to Mailer's profane tirade?
(a) They boo him.
(b) They give him a standing ovation.
(c) They applaud politely.
(d) Halk of them walk out.

5. Which of the following ideas is not something that Mailer declares the young generation believes in more fervently than its forebears in Chapter 1?
(a) Technology.
(b) Witchcraft.
(c) Tribalism.
(d) Hegelian dialectics.

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

7. What does Mailer drink during the party of Chapter 4?
(a) Bourbon.
(b) Vodka.
(c) Scotch.
(d) Tequila.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. At the beginning of Chapter 1, to what does Mailer compare the atmosphere of the Hay-Adams breakfast crowd?

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

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

4. What word does Mailer use repeatedly in Chapter 1 to describe the effect of the Pentagon March?

5. How many young men in Chapter 3 will go to the Department of Justice to represent those turning in their draft cards?

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