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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.
Short Answer Questions
1. What is scheduled to happen in Washington, DC, the day that Mailer arrives?
2. Which of the following is not one of the aspects of war that Mailer mentions being disagreeable in Chapter 2?
3. At which hotel is Mailer staying?
4. What does Mailer liken himself to when he begins emceeing in Chapter 5?
5. What sport does Mailer liken the debate over Vietnam to in Chapter 5?
Short Essay Questions
1. Describe Mailer's emceeing in Chapters 5 and 6?
2. Describe the mood of the crown in the beginning of Chapter 4.
3. What is Mailer's attitude toward protest at the beginning of the novel?
4. What do the MP's and the marchers have in common, according to Mailer in Chapter 6?
5. How does Mailer respond to William Sloane Coffin in Chapter 3?
6. What comic episode happens when Mailer is getting changed for his arraignment in Chapter 8?
7. How is Mailer received after Lowell in Chapter 6?
8. Describe the scene in Occaquan at the beginning of Chapter 6.
9. What conclusion does Mailer draw from two articles at the end of Chapter 6?
10. How does Dellinger go about planning the march in Chapters 2 and 3?
Essay Topic 1
What is the role of notables like Lowell, Mailer, and Macdonald? Write an essay about the role of celebrity in the protest. Why does Mitch Goodman go about convincing Mailer to join the protest, knowing his personal feelings and tendency toward wild behavior? In the latter half of the essay, discuss how the notables actually fare in the March. What do they do to show support for those who face beatings and litigation?
Essay Topic 2
More than midway through the novel, Mailer suddenly goes back in time and explains the planning of the March, events which he was not present for. Write an essay about the planning of the March, discussing which individuals and groups shaped it. What were the divergent opinions in terms of the locations and tactics of the March, and which one's won out in the end? Discuss individuals and groups who fell into conflict, why they did so, and how this affected the development of a strategy. In summation, determine whether the March had a coherent and unified planning process.
Essay Topic 3
In Armies of the Night, Norman Mailer regularly invokes the history of the United States while he tells the story of the Pentagon March. Write an essay about Mailer's desire to present the March as a link in the development of America's social and political infrastructure, choosing three instances from the novel in which he invokes America's collective past. How does he bring up the past in these instances? What do they have to do with the current events involving the March? What specific point does the author seem to be making in this comparison?
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