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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. For how long have the primitives been raiding gravesites?
(a) Six months.
(b) Two hundred years.
(c) Thirty years.
(d) Four days.

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

4. What is the name of Bob Briggs' wife?
(a) Elaine.
(b) Miriam.
(c) Katie.
(d) Miss Ethel Hook.

5. The narrator compares the beauty of the first image on screen in "Ape and Essence" to a poem by which poet?
(a) Robert Frost.
(b) Percy Shelley.
(c) Ella Wheeler Wilcox.
(d) W.B. Yeats.

6. What does Dr. Schneeglock blame for Dr. Poole's lack of a fulfillment of his promise?
(a) Dr. Poole still lives with his mother.
(b) Dr. Poole is promiscuous and cannot stay with one woman.
(c) Dr. Poole's mother died when he was only a baby.
(d) Dr. Poole is a gambler with significant debts.

7. What kind of primate represents the greatest among man, according to the narrator?
(a) The lemur.
(b) The baboon.
(c) The gorilla.
(d) The chimpanzee.

8. Why was New Zealand spared from the destruction that ravaged the rest of the planet?
(a) Because of raging sea storms, it was not accessible to aggressors.
(b) Its leaders engaged in clever diplomacy.
(c) It was not deemed to be of any important military value.
(d) It built great bunkers that protected its people.

9. How do the primitives mark women who have not produced a healthy baby during the season?
(a) By making them wear distinct earrings.
(b) By shaving their heads.
(c) By tattooing them on the shoulders.
(d) By writing "NO" on their clothing.

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

11. Which gravedigger apologizes to Dr. Poole by claiming that burying Dr. Poole was done only for fun?
(a) Flossie.
(b) Chief.
(c) Loola.
(d) Shelley.

12. Near which major city do the scientists finally land?
(a) Belgrade.
(b) Tokyo.
(c) Los Angeles.
(d) San Francisco.

13. Why was a gravedigger subjected to a punishment of twenty-five lashes?
(a) He argued with the leader about the best way to dig up graves.
(b) He tried to run away.
(c) He tried to steal a corpse's ring for himself.
(d) He stepped on a grave.

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

15. When Bob Briggs speaks about his personal history, how does the narrator react?
(a) The narrator is infuriated and punches Briggs.
(b) The narrator is disgusted and leaves the room.
(c) The narrator is intrigued.
(d) The narrator is bored.

Short Answer Questions

1. What promise does Bob make to Rosie?

2. What is Miss Ethel Hook's desire, with respect to Dr. Poole?

3. In the beginning of the screenplay, the narrator warns that "all too often" Art takes Nature and __________.

4. What derogatory name do primitive men call the primitive women who bear deformed babies?

5. Who was NOT among the team of scientists from New Zealand?

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