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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. What did the performance space in this section used to be used for?
(a) A school auditorium.
(b) A vaudville house.
(c) A church.
(d) A movie theater.

2. In Chapter 6, how does the audience respond to Mailer's profane tirade?
(a) They applaud politely.
(b) They boo him.
(c) They give him a standing ovation.
(d) Halk of them walk out.

3. How does the audience respond to Lowell's poem in Chapter 6?
(a) They sit impassively.
(b) They give a standing ovation.
(c) They leave.
(d) They offer polite applause.

4. Which Ivy League university did both Mailer and the Chapter 2 caller graduate from?
(a) Columbia.
(b) Cornell.
(c) Yale.
(d) Harvard.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. According to mailer in Chapter 1, which of the following qualities is definitely not necessary in a protagonist for the story of the March?

2. What is Mailer's primary complaint about the performance space?

3. How many draft cards are turned in at Justice in Chapter 4?

4. In Chapter 2, what does Mailer say he has sworn not to do, because it will support continued fighting Vietnam?

5. How many young men in Chapter 3 will go to the Department of Justice to represent those turning in their draft cards?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why does Mailer agree to join the Pentagon protest in Chapter 2?

2. What appraisal of Robert Lowell does Mailer make in en route to the Department of Justice in Chapter 3?

3. Describe the interactions Mailer has with his fellow speakers at the party in Chapter 4.

4. What rationalization does Mailer give for taking his book from the hostess's house in Chapter 5?

5. What amusing interchange happens between Mailer and Lowell in this section?

6. What does Mailer feel about left-wing splinter groups' names in Chapter 3?

7. Why is Dwight Macdonald livid about the newspaper coverage of the Ambassador event in Chapter 3?

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

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

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

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