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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What derogatory name do primitive men call the primitive women who bear deformed babies?
(a) Tool of the Devil.
(b) Satan's Spawn.
(c) Vessel of the Unholy Spirit.
(d) Mistress of Belial.

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

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

4. The novel begins on what important day?
(a) The day World War II formally ended.
(b) The day Gandhi was assassinated.
(c) The day John F. Kennedy was assassinated.
(d) The day the U.S. stock market crashed.

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

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

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

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

9. Who leads the team of gravediggers at the Southern California mausoleum?
(a) The Rat King.
(b) Dr. Poole.
(c) Chief.
(d) Boss Man.

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

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

12. How much does Bob owe the government in back taxes?
(a) $150,000.
(b) $3.67.
(c) $45.00.
(d) $33,000.

13. According to the narrator, what was Gandhi's "great secret"?
(a) He was a serial adulterer.
(b) He was a great admirer of art and artists.
(c) The fact that he secretly yearned for power and glory.
(d) The fact that he did not want anything for himself.

14. What destination have the team of scientists from New Zealand chosen?
(a) Russia.
(b) Japan.
(c) Peru.
(d) California.

15. Who decides to drive to Cottonwood Ranch to find William Tallis?
(a) The narrator only.
(b) The narrator and Bob Briggs.
(c) Bob Briggs only.
(d) The narrator, Bob Briggs, and Lou Lublin.

Short Answer Questions

1. Why is Chief concerned that no women produced healthy babies this season?

2. Where do the narrator and Bob Briggs meet at the outset of the novel?

3. What does the Chief believe about the current level of discipline in the primitive community?

4. What promise does Bob make to Rosie?

5. When Bob Briggs speaks about his personal history, how does the narrator react?

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