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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who is the author of the movie script at the heart of the novel's story?
(a) William Tallis
(b) Dr. Alfred Poole.
(c) Lou Lublin.
(d) Bob Briggs.

2. In the beginning of the screenplay, the narrator warns that "all too often" Art takes Nature and __________.
(a) Manufactures only the ludicrous.
(b) Produces only the sublime.
(c) Crafts only the wicked.
(d) Denies all but the lowest organisms.

3. What event resulted in the destruction of a majority of mankind in the screenplay?
(a) Robots who turned on their masters.
(b) A deadly plague.
(c) Overpopulation of a poisonous frog.
(d) World War Three.

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

5. Why was Dr. Poole buried up to his waist by the gravediggers?
(a) He came on a boat, which the gravediggers consider evil.
(b) He used a swear word in front of the Chief.
(c) He punched a gravedigger trying to escape.
(d) He refused to fix the Chief's train.

6. Which of the following is true about the scientists' rediscovery of the world?
(a) Oil derricks can still be seen in the water outside of shore.
(b) The world is still highly radioactive, and the scientists must wear suits.
(c) They use sonar technology to find land.
(d) They crash-land because of a dense fog.

7. What became of William Tallis' second wife?
(a) She ran off with another man.
(b) She committed suicide after Mr. Tallis died.
(c) She was persecuted for being Jewish and was killed.
(d) She died from cancer.

8. What part of "Ape and Essence" makes Bob decide to read the entire script?
(a) Its professional hole punches and brads.
(b) Its glossy title page.
(c) The fact that it is in pristine, unopened condition.
(d) Its opening poetry.

9. Who kidnaps Dr. Poole?
(a) Three baboons.
(b) Miss Ethel Hook.
(c) Three men.
(d) The Chief.

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

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

12. Where did William Tallis prefer to be buried?
(a) In the desert.
(b) At sea.
(c) In his homeland of Germany.
(d) In the Hollywood Cemetery.

13. According to the narrator, truth without charity is not God but ___________.
(a) An idol.
(b) Man.
(c) The Devil.
(d) The Goddess.

14. What is the name for the primitives' religious leader?
(a) Book Eater.
(b) The Satanic Science Practitioner.
(c) Vessel of the Unholy Spirit.
(d) Right Hand of Belial.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Why does the narrator of "Tallis" believe that Gandhi was assassinated?

2. Why are the primitives unable to make clothes?

3. What kind of primate represents the "least among man," according to the narrator?

4. How does the narrator characterize the scientists from New Zealand?

5. Where does the granddaughter of William Tallis live?

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