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. In Chapter 4, to what does Mailer compare the people on the bus?

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

3. Why did march planning committee visit the Pentagon numerous times before the march?

4. Which writer does Mailer think he is a stand-in for the young people in Chapter 7?

5. Who is waiting her Mailer when he arrives at booking in Occoquan at the end of Chapter 5?

Short Essay Questions

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

2. How does Mailer fair in court in Chapter 9?

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

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

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

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

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

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

9. What bad news greets Mailer when he returns to New York in Chapter 11?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

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 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 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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