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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. In Chapter 2, what word does Mailer want to tell Mitch Goodman to shove?
(a) Taste.
(b) Solidarity.
(c) Peace.
(d) Resistance.

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

4. What favor has Mailer recently done for Goodman?
(a) He recommended him for a Times op-ed.
(b) He praised him on the Dick Cavett Show.
(c) He became Goodman's son's godfather.
(d) He wrote a blurb for his book.

5. Who is William Sloane Coffin?
(a) Chaplain at Yale.
(b) A former Air Force pilot.
(c) Editor of The New Republic.
(d) A local DC businessman.

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

7. According to the article in Chapter 1, why is Norman Mailer arrested?
(a) He crosses a police line.
(b) He is caught carrying a large bag of marijuana.
(c) He punches a presenter at an awards banquet.
(d) He vomits on the Lincoln Memorial.

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

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

10. In Chapter 1, who does Mailer get into a cloyingly complimentary conversation?
(a) Paul Goodman.
(b) William Sloane Coffin.
(c) Robert Lowell.
(d) Dwight Macdonald.

11. In Chapter 6, what does Mailer do after leaving the theatre?
(a) He sleeps backstage.
(b) He goes to another bar.
(c) He falls asleep in a doorway.
(d) He goes to the hotel.

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

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

14. Where are the protest speakers going when they leave the part at the end of Chapter 4?
(a) The hotel.
(b) The Department of Justice.
(c) A bar.
(d) The theater.

15. 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 100.
(c) About 150.
(d) About 40.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is Mailer doing in Chapter 5 when a Time Magazine correspondent approaches him?

2. Who speaks with Mitch Goodman at the Justice Department in Chapter 4?

3. In Chapter 4, what events does Mailer contend are always the same?

4. According to Mailer in Chapter 3, how did Robert Lowell avoid fighting in World War II?

5. To what does Mailer compare his hangover in Chapter 2?

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