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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. The Chief figure declares that he is operating under what type of government?
(a) A Dictatorship.
(b) A Republic.
(c) An Autocratic.
(d) A Democracy.

2. Which book does Dr. Poole save from the book burning ordered by the Chief?
(a) The Complete Works of William Shakespeare.
(b) A volume of Shelley's poetry.
(c) Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities.
(d) A collection of letters and personal essays by Marcel Proust.

3. Where do the narrator and Bob Briggs meet at the outset of the novel?
(a) The Cottonwood Ranch.
(b) Murcia, California.
(c) The Studio Commissary.
(d) The Hollywood Cemetery.

4. Why does the narrator of "Tallis" believe that Gandhi was assassinated?
(a) Gandhi's followers realized how self-centered he was.
(b) Gandhi was a political animal, and he paid the price.
(c) Gandhi believed only in people, and not in art or politics.
(d) He soundly rejected the real people in favor of nationalization.

5. Who was NOT among the team of scientists from New Zealand?
(a) Dr. Canterbury.
(b) Miss Ethel Hook.
(c) Professor Grampian.
(d) Dr. Cudworth.

6. Why is Chief concerned that no women produced healthy babies this season?
(a) This shows that Belial is displeased with them.
(b) The radioactivity has likely reached lethal levels.
(c) This represents a dearth of much-needed manpower.
(d) They will have no babies to sacrifice to the Devil.

7. The narrator makes an analogy between Gandhi's nonviolence and what feature of Bob Brigg's life?
(a) His drinking.
(b) His adultery.
(c) His writing.
(d) His gambling.

8. 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 wrote the script on a bet with a friend.
(c) He wanted to became a world-famous film director.
(d) He wanted to earn money to send to his granddaughter.

9. What kind of primate represents the "least among man," according to the narrator?
(a) The chimpanzee.
(b) The cheeky monkey.
(c) The gorilla.
(d) The baboon.

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

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

12. What is the reader told about how the "Ape and Essence" script appears in the novel?
(a) Ape and Essence was heavily edited to improve dialogue and story.
(b) Ape and Essence was reprinted without change or comment.
(c) The names in the script were changed for legal reasons.
(d) The Ape and Essence appearing in the novel was created from a memory of the script itself.

13. The lobby of the Cocktail Bar is filled with which group of people?
(a) Gravediggers and criminals.
(b) Men and their healthy babies.
(c) Women and their deformed babies.
(d) Religious leaders and the chorus of youths.

14. What is the subject of the song the female baboon sings?
(a) Art.
(b) Love.
(c) Food.
(d) War.

15. What surprises Chief about Dr. Poole's admission that he arrived on a boat?
(a) Chief feels boats are magic.
(b) The Chief is indifferent to Dr. Poole's admission.
(c) Chief is surprised New Zealand still had boats.
(d) Chief feels only the devil rides on a boat.

Short Answer Questions

1. What does Dr. Schneeglock blame for Dr. Poole's lack of a fulfillment of his promise?

2. Where do the narrator and Bob Briggs discover the screenplay at the heart of the novel?

3. William Tallis is from ____________.

4. How much does Bob owe the government in back taxes?

5. What is the youngest gravedigger tempted by, which he must resist?

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