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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What is scheduled to happen in Washington, DC, the day that Mailer arrives?
(a) A dinner at the Watergate.
(b) A march to the Capitol.
(c) A series of speeches at a theatre.
(d) A small concert on the Mall.

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

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

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

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

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

8. What sport does Mailer liken the debate over Vietnam to in Chapter 5?
(a) Soccer.
(b) Football.
(c) Bowling.
(d) Baseball.

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

10. What does Mailer recall as he walks toward the Washington Monument in Chapter 2?
(a) The 1963 civil rights march.
(b) An afternoon in Madrid.
(c) World War II.
(d) Losing his virginity.

11. In Chapter 2, what does Mailer say he has sworn not to do, because it will support continued fighting Vietnam?
(a) Pay a 10% increase in the income tax.
(b) Turn in aluminum as certain stations.
(c) Read the Washington Post.
(d) Purchase Coors beer.

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

13. In Chapter 3, what concern does does Goodman have about the route to the Pentagon?
(a) The route involves a numer of sudden turns.
(b) There are rumors of roadblocks on the road.
(c) Know one knows the route.
(d) Law enforcement wants them to take the narrowest road.

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

15. How does the audience respond to Lowell's poem in Chapter 6?
(a) They offer polite applause.
(b) They give a standing ovation.
(c) They sit impassively.
(d) They leave.

Short Answer Questions

1. What strain of sociopolitical thinking does Mailer chart through America in a speech in Chapter 1?

2. In Chapter 2, what word does Mailer want to tell Mitch Goodman to shove?

3. Who is William Sloane Coffin?

4. What crime would Mailer be guilty of in returning young men's draft cards during the march, according to the statement in Chapter 2?

5. How long has the audience been waiting when the speakers arrive at the theatre in Chapter 5?

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