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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. 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.

2. What does Mailer state in Chapter 5 is the best course of action if you cannot please a liberal hostess?
(a) Get her a gift basket.
(b) Apologize profusely.
(c) Slip out inconspiculously.
(d) Wrong her completely.

3. In Chapter 2, what does Mailer agree to do the protest?
(a) Speak at it.
(b) Cover it for the Village Voice.
(c) Stay away from it.
(d) Be photographed with the organizer.

4. Which character in Chapter 3 is astounded by the fact that the papers were kind to Mailer's performance and not his?
(a) Robert Lowell.
(b) Paul Goodman.
(c) Ed de Grazia.
(d) Dwight Macdonald.

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

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

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

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

9. On what day of the week is the march taking place?
(a) Friday.
(b) Tuesday.
(c) Wednesday.
(d) Sunday.

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

11. In Chapter 1, Mailer claims that America's New Left is drawing its political aesthetic from what country?
(a) China.
(b) Russia.
(c) Cuba.
(d) Vietnam.

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

13. Who begins the informal meeting in Chapter 3?
(a) Robert Lowell.
(b) Norman Mailer.
(c) Paul Goodman.
(d) Mitch Goodman.

14. In Chapter 2, what drug does Mailer repeatedly decry?
(a) Heroin.
(b) Mescaline.
(c) Marijuana.
(d) LSD.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. In Chapter 1, what does Mailer claim the young generation hates more than anything else?

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

3. Which of the following ideas is not something that Mailer declares the young generation believes in more fervently than its forebears in Chapter 1?

4. At the beginning of Chapter 3, what does Mailer resolve to do?

5. Why do Mailer, Macdonald and Lowell want to be arrested first on Saturday?

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