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 left-wing attorney does the Mobilization Committee meet with in Chapter 4?

2. What city is Mailer in at the end of this section?

3. Who paid the $65,000 required to fund the march?

4. What is happening to Mailer at the end of Chapter 6?

5. In Chapter 2, who does Dellinger bring on a Project Manager for the March?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. What do the MP's and the marchers have in common, according to Mailer in Chapter 6?

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

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

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

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

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

8. Describe the mood of the crown in the beginning of Chapter 4.

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

10. What reasons does Mailer list in Chapter 7 for people to be against the war?

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

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?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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