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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. Where did Mailer and the Chapter 2 caller spend a period of time after college?
2. Which of the following ideas is not something that Mailer declares the young generation believes in more fervently than its forebears in Chapter 1?
3. How many young men in Chapter 3 will go to the Department of Justice to represent those turning in their draft cards?
4. Which of the following is not a style of dress that marchers wear in Chapter 2?
5. Who speaks with Mitch Goodman at the Justice Department in Chapter 4?
Short Essay Questions
1. Describe the performance space of this section.
2. How does Norman Mailer characterize his hangover in Chapter 2?
3. Why is Mailer late to emcee the event in Chapter 5?
4. What rationalization does Mailer give for taking his book from the hostess's house in Chapter 5?
5. Describe Norman Mailer as a character.
6. How do Ed de Grazia and Mailer scuffle in Chapter 5?
7. What is Mailer's attitude toward protest at the beginning of the novel?
8. How is Mailer received after Lowell in Chapter 6?
9. How is Robert Lowell received by the audience?
10. Describe the interactions Mailer has with his fellow speakers at the party in Chapter 4.
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Write an essay about the protest culture that exists in the world of the novel. How does this culture affect the way famous people live their lives: in particular, how does the omnipresence of protest in America affect Mailer's decision to go to Washington, DC? How does the specter of the Martin Luther King, Jr. march on Washington hang over the events of the 1967 March in the novel? To what extent is the protest movement becoming somewhat rote in Armies of the Night?
Essay Topic 2
Write an essay about the novel's placement as a work of narrative non-fiction. How is the friction between the literary qualities of the novel and its documentary qualities central to the work's aesthetic? What steps does Norman Mailer take to ensure that Armies of the Night is a work of literary bravado? How does he then undermine these literary conventions by pointedly choosing to invoke a historical tone in the latter passages? What sort of dynamic does this create for the reader?
Essay Topic 3
Write an essay about the consistent comparison of the marchers in the novel to a conventional army. Begin your discussion of this likening of two armies by focusing on Mailer's connection of the march to his tour of duty in World War II. What are the similarities he mentions? Where is the comparable glory and agony experienced by both groups? How do the marchers have to prove their courage and willingness to sacrifice for comrades? How does this affect the wording used in describing them?
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