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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. What group of artists does Bob Briggs compare himself to in "Tallis"?
(a) The Surrealist Writers.
(b) The Romantic Poets.
(c) The Impressionist Painters.
(d) The Baroque Composers.

2. Which great fear does Loola confide to Dr. Poole when they first meet?
(a) She is slowly dying from radiation.
(b) Chief will kill her.
(c) They will run out of food.
(d) She will bear a deformed baby.

3. What is the name of the scientists' ship in Ape and Essence?
(a) The Worchestershire.
(b) The Canterbury.
(c) The Kiwi.
(d) The Flying Dutchman.

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

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

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

7. Who orders Dr. Poole to be buried up to his waist by the gravediggers?
(a) Flossie.
(b) Miss Ethel Hook.
(c) Chief.
(d) Loola.

8. On which street corner does Chief order books to be incinerated?
(a) 5th Street and Pershing Square.
(b) Belial Avenue and Azrael Drive.
(c) Mausoleum Way and Hollywood Cemetery Square.
(d) 11th Street and Washington Boulevard.

9. 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) It was not deemed to be of any important military value.
(c) It built great bunkers that protected its people.
(d) Its leaders engaged in clever diplomacy.

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

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

12. How does Dr. Poole convince the gravediggers to spare him from being buried alive?
(a) He offers to teach them to grow better crops.
(b) He offers to fix their train.
(c) He gives them several pieces of jewelry.
(d) He offers to give his boat to them.

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

14. At which location is Chief presented with a necklace made of bones?
(a) The Observatory.
(b) The Cocktail Bar.
(c) Pershing Square.
(d) Lincoln Park.

15. 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) The names in the script were changed for legal reasons.
(c) The Ape and Essence appearing in the novel was created from a memory of the script itself.
(d) Ape and Essence was reprinted without change or comment.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. How are the books incinerated in the Chief's book-burning ceremony?

3. Where does the granddaughter of William Tallis live?

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

5. What is the subject of the song the female baboon sings?

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