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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 the following is not one of the aspects of war that Mailer mentions being disagreeable in Chapter 2?
(a) Trudging through mud.
(b) Constant fatigue.
(c) The omnipresence of death.
(d) Intestinal agitation.

2. What does Mailer state in Chapter 5 is the best course of action if you cannot please a liberal hostess?
(a) Get her a gift basket.
(b) Slip out inconspiculously.
(c) Apologize profusely.
(d) Wrong her completely.

3. To what does Mailer compare his hangover in Chapter 2?
(a) An earthquake.
(b) A garbage heap.
(c) Napalm.
(d) An atomic bomb.

4. What is the central action of the protest Mailer is invited to in Chapter 2?
(a) The returning of war medals.
(b) The turning in of draft cards.
(c) The barricading of the Department of Justice.
(d) The obstructing of traffic outside the White House.

5. How does Mailer offend the hostess in Chapter 4?
(a) He call her a loon.
(b) He breaks her toilet.
(c) He refuses dinner.
(d) He forgets her name.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which of the following is not something Mailer is mentioned doing during his emceeing of Chapter 5?

2. Which of the following locations is not one that Mailer mentions rioting over the Vietnam issue in Chapter 2?

3. In Chapter 2, to whom does Mailer state he holds final allegiance?

4. Which famous black leader's sister speaks in Chapter 3?

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

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe Mailer's attitude toward the young marchers in the novel.

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

3. How does the tone of the novel shift dramatically at the beginning of Book II?

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

5. What state is Mailer in when he leaves the party in Chapter 4?

6. What train of people following the the march in Chapter 4?

7. How are the march organizers facing charges at the end of the novel?

8. How is Robert Lowell received by the audience?

9. How do the newspapers in Chapter 10 cover the Pentagon March?

10. What do the Fugs do at the Pentagon in Chapter 5?

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