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

Multiple Choice Questions

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

2. What is the youngest gravedigger tempted by, which he must resist?
(a) A plump girl beside him.
(b) The fine clothes of a corpse.
(c) His leader's bacon sandwich.
(d) The large emerald ring of a corpse.

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

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

5. Where is Cottonwood Ranch located?
(a) Outside of Chicago, Illinois.
(b) Hollywood, California.
(c) Murcia, California.
(d) New Zealand.

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

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

8. What promise does Bob make to Rosie?
(a) Bob agrees to schedule a screen test for her.
(b) Bob agrees to never visit Cottonwood Ranch again.
(c) Bob agrees to introduce her to a powerful music executive.
(d) Bob agrees to read her feature screenplay.

9. Why are the primitives unable to make clothes?
(a) They are religiously opposed to clothing.
(b) There is no machinery left to make clothes.
(c) Only the Chief is allowed to wear clothes.
(d) Cotton has changed since the radioactivity of the World War.

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

11. 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 stepped on a grave.
(c) He tried to run away.
(d) He tried to steal a corpse's ring for himself.

12. What is the occupation of Bob Briggs?
(a) Gravedigger.
(b) Screenwriter.
(c) Botanist.
(d) Retired military officer.

13. What is the name for the team of scientists at the heart of Ape and Essence?
(a) The Association for New Horizons.
(b) The New Zealand Rediscovery Expedition.
(c) The California Knowledge Project.
(d) The Post-War Analysis Committee.

14. How is Chief able to keep a tight rein on Dr. Poole after meeting him?
(a) Dr. Poole is strapped to a table which is carried around.
(b) Dr. Poole's kneecaps are broken.
(c) Dr. Poole is handcuffed.
(d) Dr. Poole is administered an intoxicating drug.

15. The lobby of the Cocktail Bar is filled with which group of people?
(a) Women and their deformed babies.
(b) Religious leaders and the chorus of youths.
(c) Men and their healthy babies.
(d) Gravediggers and criminals.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Who is the author of the movie script at the heart of the novel's story?

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

4. On what date do the explorer-scientists set out from New Zealand?

5. Who kidnaps Dr. Poole?

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