The Armies of the Night: History as a Novel, the Novel as History Test | Final Test - Hard

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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 word does Mailer use to describe supporters of the ear in Chapter 7?

2. How does Mailer describe the MP's face at the end of Chapter 1?

3. What is the highest estimate given in Chapter 5 for the number of marchers who may attend?

4. Which character introduced in this section has been arrested 9 times at protests?

5. What does the Revolutionary Contingent do during the March, as noted in Chapter 5?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is the crowd becoming unruly in Chapter 4?

2. What conclusion does Mailer draw from two articles at the end of Chapter 6?

3. Describe the more extreme voices in the march planning as discussed in Chapter 5.

4. Describe the several movements the arrested marchers have to make in this section?

5. What comic episode happens when Mailer is getting changed for his arraignment in Chapter 8?

6. What fracas does Mailer get into in Chapter 2?

7. Describe Norman Mailer's arrest in Chapter 6?

8. How does Dick Fontaine figure into the events of this section?

9. How does Mailer determine it is time to get arrested at the end of Chapter 5?

10. Why is the Vietnam War fought, according to Mailer in Chapter 7?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In the novel, New York and Washington, DC, are distinctly juxtaposed where one is a place of planning and thought and the other place of action of danger. Write an essay about the juxtaposition of these two cities. Which character best typifies the aesthetic of New York, in your opinion? Which character best typifies DC? What is the significance of the fact that many of the notables spend Saturday attempting to get back to New York for a society party? What does it mean that Mailer soon forgets about this goal?

Essay Topic 2

A good portion of the opening passages of Armies of the Night are as much about the niceties and snipes of the literary class in 1960's America as the protest culture of the same. Write an essay about Mailer's place and opinions in the world of prolific writers in the novel, focusing on three instances:

Part 1) Why does Mailer agree to come to the Pentagon march in Washington, DC? Discuss how this decision is more connected to his literary position in New York than his opinions on the Vietnam War? What does Mailer want to achieve through his involvement in the protest?

Part 2) Discuss the party held the first evening Mailer is in Washington, DC. What decisions does he make about the way that he treats the hostess? What is the reason for the awkward encounter Mailer has with Dwight Macdonald?

Part 3) Mailer enters the Ambassador presentation like a wrecking ball, attempting to destroy everyone around him. Discuss his reasons for doing this. What does he resent about those on the stage? How does Mailer want to be perceived by the audience? How does the popular reaction to his antics temper his behavior for the remainder of the weekend?

Essay Topic 3

Norman Mailer is a large, robust, arrogant personality. His placement at the center of most of the novel creates a powerful presence the reader must contend with. Write an essay about the divergent components of Mailer's personality. Begin by discussing his engorged id. How does Mailer revel in excess int he early passages of the novel? What is he trying to achieve? In the second half of the essay, discuss the emerging of Mailer's better angels. How does this reflect another side to Mailer, one that wants to show respect and graciousness? How is the novel as a whole a reflection of this desire?

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