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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 do the organizers of the March go for breakfast in Chapter 3?
(a) A bar.
(b) A union hall.
(c) Another hotel.
(d) A church.

2. At what theatre is the presentation of Chapter 5 located?
(a) The Ambassador.
(b) Ford's Theatre.
(c) The National Theatre.
(d) The Arena.

3. How many draft cards are turned in at Justice in Chapter 4?
(a) 320.
(b) 176.
(c) 707.
(d) 994.

4. In Chapter 1, what is significant about Mailer's state at the time he is arrested?
(a) He is asleep.
(b) He is drunk.
(c) He is naked.
(d) He is sedated.

5. According to mailer in Chapter 1, which of the following qualities is definitely not necessary in a protagonist for the story of the March?
(a) He should have participated.
(b) He should be a nonpartisan.
(c) He should be an observer.
(d) He should be an organizer.

Short Answer Questions

1. In Chapter 2, what word does Mailer want to tell Mitch Goodman to shove?

2. Which of the following men is not quoted by Mailer is having advocated sensory adjudication in Chapter 2?

3. With whom does Mailer get into a shouting matching in Chapter 6?

4. How does Mailer dismiss de Grazia from the stage to begin emceeing the night in Chapter 5?

5. What does Mailer forget to give back to the hostess when he leaves the party in Chapter 4?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. Describe Norman Mailer as a character.

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

4. What reasoning does Mailer give for placing himself at the center of the narrative of the novel in Chapter 1?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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