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 type of quasi-religious ceremony does the music group perform in Chapter 5?

2. From what era of literature does Mailer saying he is drawing a convention in the beginning of Chapter 1?

3. About what do the arrested marchers speculate at the beginning of Chapter 6?

4. In Chapter 1 of Book II, to whom does the "writer" pass the baton?

5. At what time in Chapter 8 does Teague begin his lectures again?

Short Essay Questions

1. In the detain room in Chapter 3, what strikes Mailer about the people around him?

2. What metaphor does Mailer draw to the Pentagon in Chapter 4?

3. What train of people following the the march in Chapter 4?

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

5. What permits does the Mobilization Committee get in Chapter 4?

6. Describe the scene in Occaquan at the beginning of Chapter 6.

7. How does Dellinger go about planning the march in Chapters 2 and 3?

8. How does Mailer think about his family in Chapter 5?

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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?

Essay Topic 2

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?

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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