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This test consists of 5 short answer 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. What is the highest estimate given in Chapter 5 for the number of marchers who may attend?
3. In Chapter 5, what is Mailer's assessment of the mistake the Revolutionary Contingent made during the march?
4. What is the stated goal of the March, as articulated by the Steering Committee in Chapter 3?
5. How many marchers does the New York Times suggest will be at the Pentagon protest in Chapter 5?
Essay Topic 1
Near the end of the second book, Mailer enumerates the reasons why some people oppose the war in Vietnam. Write an essay about this logic, focusing on three of the groups he mentions. Do you think their reasoning in sound? What organizations and individuals represent this group in the narrative? Are there modern parallels to this group in today's society?
Part 1) Those who want Asia and, eventually, America to turn Communist.
Part 2) Those who are pacifists.
Part 3) Those who think the war is unjust.
Essay Topic 2
In speaking about the younger marchers who are verbally abused and often beaten and kept in jail for weeks, Mailer calls this protest at the Pentagon a rite of passage. Write an essay about the rites of passage inchoate in it. What individual actions must these young people undergo in this rite? Are they uniformly painful and traumatic? How so? In summation, discuss what these protesters intend to achieve through this rite. What are they accomplishing by undergoing these hardships?
Essay Topic 3
Norman Mailer, the author of Armies of the Night, takes on several roles throughout the novel. He is protagonist, author, and historian at the same time. Write an essay about the interchange amongst these three Mailers, divided into three parts:
Part 1) Norman Mailer is the protagonist of the novel, but the narrator's relationship to him is not as intimate as one might expect. Explore how the point of view of the novel makes the character of Mailer as much object as subject. What aspects of the character does the narrator go to great pains to dissect? How does the he function as protagonist to the first book?
Part 2) Discuss the role of Mailer as narrator in the first book of the novel. What does his narration reflect about the author's personality and his relative level of sobriety? Would you say that Mailer the author is a reliable narrator? How does he react both to the events of the march and the actions of Mailer the character?
Part 3) Focus on Mailer's narration in the second book on the novel. He characterizes himself as a historian in this section. How is Mailer the narrator different from both Mailer the author and Mailer the character? Is his narration more or less reliable than it was in Book I? In what way do the two narrators meet at the beginning of Book II?
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