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This test consists of 15 multiple choice questions and 5 short answer questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Where do the narrator and Bob Briggs discover the screenplay at the heart of the novel?
(a) Outside the Studio Commissary.
(b) On the Canterbury ship.
(c) At Cottonwood Ranch.
(d) In Murcia, California.

2. How does Dr. Poole become separated from his team?
(a) He decides to confront the aggressive baboons in a nearby village.
(b) He stops to observe an unusual species of plant.
(c) He becomes injured, and the others will not slow for him.
(d) He stops to propose marriage to Miss Ethel Hook.

3. What does the Chief believe about the current level of discipline in the primitive community?
(a) He believes people should be more free to pursue their own interests.
(b) He believes the community lacks proper discipline.
(c) He does not believe in the harsh discipline exacted by the religious leaders.
(d) As he delivers discipline himself, he is quite pleased with the level of discipline.

4. Who is living on Tallis' Cottonwood Ranch when it is visited by the filmmaker(s)?
(a) The Tallis family.
(b) The Briggs family.
(c) The Coulton family.
(d) The Lublin family.

5. Why did William Tallis write "Ape and Essence"?
(a) He wanted to warn people about the fluoride put in the nation's water supply.
(b) He wanted to earn money to send to his granddaughter.
(c) He wrote the script on a bet with a friend.
(d) He wanted to became a world-famous film director.

6. On which deity do the primitives blame their problems?
(a) Peter.
(b) Beelzebub.
(c) Belial.
(d) Satan.

7. According to a chorus of youths, what is "the chief end of Man"?
(a) To die in an inferno of glory.
(b) To protect and shelter women.
(c) To eat, drink, and be merry.
(d) To propitiate Belial.

8. Which scientist is leashed by a female baboon at the beginning of the screenplay?
(a) Michael Faraday.
(b) John "Mad Jack" Fuller.
(c) Isaac Newton.
(d) Albert Einstein.

9. What does Mrs. Coulton believe about how the narrator and William Tallis might have gotten along?
(a) Their political differences would have proved too much for even a casual acquaintance.
(b) They would not have liked one another.
(c) They would have gotten along splendidly.
(d) They would have been indifferent to one another.

10. What is the foundation of modern life to the narrator?
(a) Rage.
(b) Joy.
(c) Fear.
(d) Jealousy.

11. How do the primitives explain the men's propensity to hit women?
(a) Women deserve beatings for their inherent wickedness.
(b) Men are possessed by Belial.
(c) Women are possessed by Belial.
(d) Women need to be toughened up to survive in the wilderness.

12. The primitives' religious leader presses a young woman about what matter, eventually beating her?
(a) The Suffering of Mankind.
(b) The Power of Belial.
(c) The Nature of Woman.
(d) The Beauty of Nature.

13. What is the name of Loola's friend who recently gave birth to a deformed baby?
(a) Polly.
(b) Ethel.
(c) Flossie.
(d) Emily.

14. Why is Bob Briggs in financial trouble?
(a) He has made a series of poor investments.
(b) He owes back taxes.
(c) His home was recently robbed.
(d) He has accrued gambling debts.

15. What became of William Tallis' immediate family?
(a) They died in World War I.
(b) They moved away after Mr. Tallis died.
(c) They died in a car accident.
(d) William Tallis never had a family.

Short Answer Questions

1. How is Chief able to keep a tight rein on Dr. Poole after meeting him?

2. What is the occupation of Bob Briggs?

3. What ritual is held among the primitives as a protection against deformed babies?

4. On what date do the explorer-scientists set out from New Zealand?

5. What is the leashed scientist beaten with by the female baboon holding him?

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