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

2. What crime would Mailer be guilty of in returning young men's draft cards during the march, according to the statement in Chapter 2?
(a) Aiding someone refusing the draft.
(b) Theft of government property.
(c) Impeding an executive order.
(d) Providing comfort to the enemies of the U.S.

3. What does Mailer liken himself to when he begins emceeing in Chapter 5?
(a) A lawyer parsing words.
(b) A jazz musician riffing on a theme.
(c) A mason laying foundation.
(d) A surgeon tending a breech birth.

4. In Chapter 5, who attempts to silence de Grazia and Mailer as they squabble onstage?
(a) The Time Magazine reporter.
(b) Lowell.
(c) Macdonald.
(d) Goodman.

5. Who begins the informal meeting in Chapter 3?
(a) Norman Mailer.
(b) Robert Lowell.
(c) Mitch Goodman.
(d) Paul Goodman.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which of the following ideas is not something that Mailer declares the young generation believes in more fervently than its forebears in Chapter 1?

2. Which descriptor best describes Mailer's feelings while watching Lowell speak in Chapter 6?

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

4. In Chapter 1, what is significant about Mailer's state at the time he is arrested?

5. How does Mailer offend the hostess in Chapter 4?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Mailer characterize the march to the Washington Monument in Chapter 2?

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

4. What rationalization does Mailer give for taking his book from the hostess's house in Chapter 5?

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

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

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

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

9. Describe the performance space of this section.

10. Describe the interactions Mailer has with his fellow speakers at the party in Chapter 4.

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