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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. Where does Chapter 2 take place?
(a) A New York bistro.
(b) A publishing house.
(c) An office on I Street.
(d) Mailer's den.

2. How long has the audience been waiting when the speakers arrive at the theatre in Chapter 5?
(a) 1 hour.
(b) 2 hours.
(c) 5 hours.
(d) 30 minutes.

3. What response does Coffin get to his turning in of the draft cards in Chapter 4?
(a) He gets into a heated argument with the Solicitor General.
(b) He is swarmed by press.
(c) He is refused by the Justice officials.
(d) He is arrested.

4. In Chapter 1, who does Mailer get into a cloyingly complimentary conversation?
(a) Robert Lowell.
(b) William Sloane Coffin.
(c) Dwight Macdonald.
(d) Paul Goodman.

5. What other protest speaker is on the same plane as with Mailer in Chapter 3?
(a) Robert Lowell.
(b) Dwight Macdonald.
(c) Ed de Grazia.
(d) Paul Goodman.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What does Mailer drink during the party of Chapter 4?

3. What instrument does Mailer keep hearing as he marches to the Washington Memorial in Chapter 2?

4. What does Mailer take from de Grazia in Chapter 4?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How is Robert Lowell received by the audience?

5. What is the plan for the Justice Department protest?

6. How does Mailer respond to William Sloane Coffin in Chapter 3?

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

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

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

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

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