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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What is the leashed scientist beaten with by the female baboon holding him?
(a) The Bible.
(b) A candlestick.
(c) A spatula.
(d) A riding switch.

3. Why is Bob Briggs in financial trouble?
(a) He owes back taxes.
(b) His home was recently robbed.
(c) He has accrued gambling debts.
(d) He has made a series of poor investments.

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

5. Which is NOT part of the ceremony held to safeguard against having deformed babies?
(a) Women are pampered and treated to mineral baths.
(b) The Chief is presented with a token of the community's gratitude.
(c) A religious leader berates a young woman about the nature of woman.
(d) Books are burned.

6. Why does Dr. Poole claim he cannot fix the Chief's train?
(a) Dr. Poole pretends he does not know how to fix the train to provide leverage for future negotiations.
(b) Dr. Poole would only fix the train if the Chief released Loola.
(c) Dr. Poole does not wish to help the Chief, whom he considers evil.
(d) Dr. Poole does not possess the necessary engineering background.

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

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

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

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

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

12. By the time Cottonwood Ranch is visited, how long had William Tallis been dead?
(a) Eighteen months.
(b) Two days.
(c) Four years.
(d) Six weeks.

13. How does the narrator characterize the scientists from New Zealand?
(a) They are petty and jealous, and given to fighting.
(b) They were hand-selected as the most intelligent of mankind.
(c) They are extraordinarily physically fit, which will serve them well in their travels.
(d) They are nothing special, and are quiet and humane.

14. Where does the granddaughter of William Tallis live?
(a) Murcia, California.
(b) Germany.
(c) Japan.
(d) Ohio.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. The novel begins on what important day?

2. On which street corner does Chief order books to be incinerated?

3. What is the occupation of Bob Briggs?

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

5. The primitives' religious leader presses a young woman about what matter, eventually beating her?

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