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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What does Mailer forget to give back to the hostess when he leaves the party in Chapter 4?
(a) Her husband's necktie.
(b) A cloth napkin.
(c) A copy of his book.
(d) Her housekey.

2. Who speaks with Mitch Goodman at the Justice Department in Chapter 4?
(a) Robert Lowell.
(b) Noam Chomsky.
(c) Dr. Ben Spock.
(d) Norman Mailer.

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

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

5. How long has the audience been waiting when the speakers arrive at the theatre in Chapter 5?
(a) 5 hours.
(b) 2 hours.
(c) 1 hour.
(d) 30 minutes.

6. Who is emceeing when Mailer arrives to the theatre in Chapter 5?
(a) de Grazia.
(b) Lowell.
(c) Macdonald.
(d) Goodman.

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

8. 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.

9. Which of the following is not a style of dress that marchers wear in Chapter 2?
(a) African dashikis.
(b) Sgt. Pepper uniforms.
(c) Turkish shepherd robes.
(d) Eisenhower jackets.

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

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

12. What crime would Mailer be guilty of in returning young men's draft cards during the march, according to the statement in Chapter 2?
(a) Theft of government property.
(b) Providing comfort to the enemies of the U.S.
(c) Aiding someone refusing the draft.
(d) Impeding an executive order.

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

14. What does Mailer take from de Grazia in Chapter 4?
(a) The telling of a story from their time in Madrid.
(b) The emcee role for the evening.
(c) The key to his hotel room.
(d) His drink.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What vulgar story does Mailer tell the assembled audience in Chapter 6?

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

3. Which of the following is not one of the aspects of war that Mailer mentions being disagreeable in Chapter 2?

4. In Chapter 1, how long does Mailer suggest it will take to accurately understand the value of the March?

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

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