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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. What does Mailer take from de Grazia in Chapter 4?
(a) The key to his hotel room.
(b) The emcee role for the evening.
(c) The telling of a story from their time in Madrid.
(d) His drink.

2. In Chapter 2, what word does Mailer want to tell Mitch Goodman to shove?
(a) Resistance.
(b) Solidarity.
(c) Taste.
(d) Peace.

3. In Chapter 6, how does the audience respond to Mailer's profane tirade?
(a) They applaud politely.
(b) Halk of them walk out.
(c) They boo him.
(d) They give him a standing ovation.

4. In Chapter 3, what concern does does Goodman have about the route to the Pentagon?
(a) There are rumors of roadblocks on the road.
(b) Law enforcement wants them to take the narrowest road.
(c) The route involves a numer of sudden turns.
(d) Know one knows the route.

5. In Chapter 6, what does Mailer do after leaving the theatre?
(a) He goes to another bar.
(b) He goes to the hotel.
(c) He falls asleep in a doorway.
(d) He sleeps backstage.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. In Chapter 1, who does Mailer get into a cloyingly complimentary conversation?

3. Which character in Chapter 3 is astounded by the fact that the papers were kind to Mailer's performance and not his?

4. What phrase does Mailer use to stand in for any sort of improvised speech?

5. Who begins the informal meeting in Chapter 3?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How is Robert Lowell received by the audience?

3. Describe Norman Mailer as a character.

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

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

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

7. How is Mailer received after Lowell in Chapter 6?

8. What narrative is told by the Time Magazine article of Chapter 1?

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

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

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