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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. In Chapter 1, how long does Mailer suggest it will take to accurately understand the value of the March?
(a) 40-50 years.
(b) 100 years.
(c) 10-20 years.
(d) 5-10 years.

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

3. What does Mailer carry with him when he leaves the part in Chapter 4?
(a) A vase.
(b) A handful of crackers and cheese.
(c) A coffee cup of whiskey.
(d) A Havana cigar.

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?
(a) Theft of government property.
(b) Providing comfort to the enemies of the U.S.
(c) Impeding an executive order.
(d) Aiding someone refusing the draft.

5. 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 vomits on the Lincoln Memorial.
(d) He punches a presenter at an awards banquet.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which of the following writers is not speaking at the protest?

2. In Chapter 3, what concern does does Goodman have about the route to the Pentagon?

3. Where does Chapter 2 take place?

4. At which hotel is Mailer staying?

5. What word does Mailer use repeatedly in Chapter 1 to describe the effect of the Pentagon March?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Mailer state he does not have a good instinct for speeches at protests?

2. How does Norman Mailer characterize his hangover in Chapter 2?

3. Describe Norman Mailer as a character.

4. What does Mailer pointedly note about the black delegates at the march in Chapter 3?

5. Describe Mailer's emceeing in Chapters 5 and 6?

6. What metaphor does Mailer use in Chapter 5 to describe the Vietnam controvery in America and who takes what sides?

7. Describe the performance space of this section.

8. What reasoning does Mailer give for placing himself at the center of the narrative of the novel in Chapter 1?

9. How is Robert Lowell received by the audience?

10. What happens once the group arrives at the Justice Department in Chapter 4?

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