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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. In Chapter 1 of Book II, to whom does the "writer" pass the baton?
2. How many marchers does the New York Times suggest will be at the Pentagon protest in Chapter 5?
3. Who is waiting her Mailer when he arrives at booking in Occoquan at the end of Chapter 5?
4. In Chapter 5, what is Mailer's assessment of the mistake the Revolutionary Contingent made during the march?
5. What is the stated goal of the March, as articulated by the Steering Committee in Chapter 3?
Short Essay Questions
1. What bad news greets Mailer when he returns to New York in Chapter 11?
2. How does Mailer determine it is time to get arrested at the end of Chapter 5?
3. How does Dick Fontaine figure into the events of this section?
4. What fracas does Mailer get into in Chapter 2?
5. What conclusion does Mailer draw from two articles at the end of Chapter 6?
6. Describe the several movements the arrested marchers have to make in this section?
7. Why is the Vietnam War fought, according to Mailer in Chapter 7?
8. How is the crowd becoming unruly in Chapter 4?
9. What comic episode happens when Mailer is getting changed for his arraignment in Chapter 8?
10. How does the tone of the novel shift dramatically at the beginning of Book II?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Mailer the narrator and historian makes a point of arguing that both the MP's and the marchers are saddened by the violence evoked by the protest. Write an essay analyzing the way Mailer dramatizes the events, giving even-handed account of both sides of the police line. What examples does he give of sensitive and professional MP's? How does he explain the logic behind their brutality and their shame at having committed it? Conversely, how is the violence legally unjustified? How does it result in terror and wild paranoia among the marchers? Is that its intent?
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
Mailer's novel is a powerfully eloquent evocation of the pain, passion, and hard realities surrounding the 1967 March on the Pentagon, but it is peppered with instances of his being unable to adequately express his feelings about America, protest and the war. Write an essay, detailing three instances in which Mailer is fantastically ineffective in explaining himself to crowds or the press? How does he explaining this iniquity? What does he feel when he soberly understands media reaction to his words? Sum up the essay with a discussion of how the novel Armies of the Night is, in part, his attempt to right these failures.
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