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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 writers is not speaking at the protest?
(a) Dwight Macdonald.
(b) Susan Sontag.
(c) Ed de Grazia.
(d) Robert Lowell.

2. What is Mailer doing in Chapter 5 when a Time Magazine correspondent approaches him?
(a) Urinating on the floor.
(b) Trying to punch Paul Goodman.
(c) Vomiting out the window.
(d) Sleeping in the aisle.

3. What does Mailer drink during the party of Chapter 4?
(a) Tequila.
(b) Scotch.
(c) Bourbon.
(d) Vodka.

4. What sport does Mailer liken the debate over Vietnam to in Chapter 5?
(a) Bowling.
(b) Soccer.
(c) Football.
(d) Baseball.

5. Why does Mailer's conversation with Macdonald become awkward in Chapter 4?
(a) Macdonald is reviewing Mailer's book.
(b) Mailer has recently discovered he's on the Pulitzer short list.
(c) Mailer is sleeping with Macdonald's wife.
(d) Macdonald got the post at the New Yorker Mailer wants.

Short Answer Questions

1. What word does Mailer use repeatedly in Chapter 1 to describe the effect of the Pentagon March?

2. What does Mailer carry with him when he leaves the part in Chapter 4?

3. Whose "dwarf alter ego" did Mailer claim to be at the Ambassador speech, according to Macdonald in Chapter 3?

4. What does Mailer liken himself to when he begins emceeing in Chapter 5?

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

Short Essay Questions

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

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

3. What concerns Goodman about the protest planning in Chapter 3?

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

5. Describe the performance space of this section.

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

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

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

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

10. Describe Norman Mailer as a character.

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