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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. At the beginning of Chapter 1, to what does Mailer compare the atmosphere of the Hay-Adams breakfast crowd?
(a) A whorehouse.
(b) A press conference.
(c) The running of the bulls,
(d) A class reunion.

2. In Chapter 2, what does Mailer specifically not want done to him at the protest, should the police sweep in?
(a) He does not want to be struck.
(b) He does not want to be arrested.
(c) He does not want to be maced.
(d) He does not want to be shot.

3. What vulgar story does Mailer tell the assembled audience in Chapter 6?
(a) A woman he slept with earlier in the week.
(b) How he ran into a dog on the highway yesterday.
(c) His struggles with intense constipation.
(d) His urination before the show.

4. What is provided for the young men in Chapter 3's breakfast?
(a) Peanut butter and bread.
(b) Bananas and cantaloupe.
(c) Toasted English muffins.
(d) Granola.

5. Which of the following is not a style of dress that marchers wear in Chapter 2?
(a) Turkish shepherd robes.
(b) Eisenhower jackets.
(c) Sgt. Pepper uniforms.
(d) African dashikis.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What does Mailer state in Chapter 5 is the best course of action if you cannot please a liberal hostess?

3. What is significant about the way Lowell recites his poetry in Chapter 6?

4. According to the article in Chapter 1, why is Norman Mailer arrested?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. How do Ed de Grazia and Mailer scuffle in Chapter 5?

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

3. What does Mailer find at the church in Chapter 3?

4. How is Robert Lowell received by the audience?

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

6. How does Mailer annoy Ed de Grazia in Chapter 4?

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

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

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

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

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