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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Where did Mailer and the Chapter 2 caller spend a period of time after college?
(a) The military.
(b) Havana.
(c) The south of Mexico
(d) Paris.

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

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

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

5. In Chapter 5, who attempts to silence de Grazia and Mailer as they squabble onstage?
(a) Macdonald.
(b) Lowell.
(c) Goodman.
(d) The Time Magazine reporter.

6. What word does Mailer use repeatedly in Chapter 1 to describe the effect of the Pentagon March?
(a) Ambiguous.
(b) Galvanizing.
(c) Subtle.
(d) Disappointing.

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

8. In Chapter 6, how does Mailer characterize Macdonald politically?
(a) A Trotskyite.
(b) A know-nothing.
(c) An anti-communist.
(d) A libertarian.

9. With whom does Mailer get into a shouting matching in Chapter 6?
(a) The Time Magazine reporter.
(b) A heckler.
(c) de Grazia.
(d) The hostess of the party.

10. How many draft cards are turned in at Justice in Chapter 4?
(a) 176.
(b) 320.
(c) 707.
(d) 994.

11. What strain of sociopolitical thinking does Mailer chart through America in a speech in Chapter 1?
(a) Fiscal conservatism.
(b) Fascism.
(c) Trade protectionism.
(d) Communism.

12. Where does Chapter 2 take place?
(a) A New York bistro.
(b) Mailer's den.
(c) An office on I Street.
(d) A publishing house.

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

14. In Chapter 1, what does Mailer claim the young generation hates more than anything else?
(a) War.
(b) The free market.
(c) Poverty.
(d) Authority.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Mailer recall as he walks toward the Washington Monument in Chapter 2?

2. In Chapter 6, how does the audience respond to Mailer's profane tirade?

3. In Chapter 1, who does Mailer get into a cloyingly complimentary conversation?

4. What is the central action of the protest Mailer is invited to in Chapter 2?

5. On what day of the week is the march taking place?

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