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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. Which of Mailer's books is he clinging onto at he enters the theatre in Chapter 5?
(a) Why Are We in Vietnam?
(b) The Naked and the Dead.
(c) The White Negro.
(d) The Executioner's Song.

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

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

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

5. 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) World War II.
(d) Losing his virginity.

Short Answer Questions

1. In Chapter 1, what does Mailer determine is the goal of an invasion of the Pentagon?

2. Whose flattery in Chapter 4 is Mailer suspicious of?

3. In Chapter 6, how does Mailer characterize Macdonald politically?

4. Which character in Chapter 3 is astounded by the fact that the papers were kind to Mailer's performance and not his?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. How does Mailer fair in court in Chapter 9?

2. Describe Norman Mailer's arrest in Chapter 6?

3. Why are Mailer, Macdonald, and Lowell ambivalent about getting arrested in Chapter 1?

4. How does Dellinger go about planning the march in Chapters 2 and 3?

5. Describe the mood of the crown in the beginning of Chapter 4.

6. Why is Mailer late to emcee the event in Chapter 5?

7. What comic episode happens when Mailer is getting changed for his arraignment in Chapter 8?

8. How does Mailer characterize the march to the Washington Monument in Chapter 2?

9. Describe the scene in Occaquan at the beginning of Chapter 6.

10. What is Mailer's attitude toward protest at the beginning of the novel?

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