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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who kidnaps Dr. Poole?
(a) Three men.
(b) Miss Ethel Hook.
(c) The Chief.
(d) Three baboons.

2. What is Miss Ethel Hook's desire, with respect to Dr. Poole?
(a) She wishes Dr. Poole would teach her more about the flora and fauna they discover.
(b) She wishes Dr. Poole would propose marriage to her.
(c) She wishes Dr. Poole would drop dead.
(d) She wishes Dr. Poole would leave the team and go back to New Zealand, for his own safety.

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

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

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

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

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

8. What event resulted in the destruction of a majority of mankind in the screenplay?
(a) A deadly plague.
(b) Overpopulation of a poisonous frog.
(c) World War Three.
(d) Robots who turned on their masters.

9. What ritual is held among the primitives as a protection against deformed babies?
(a) The Purification Ceremonies.
(b) The Devil's Dance.
(c) Belial's Feast.
(d) Halloween.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Short Answer Questions

1. According to a chorus of youths, what is "the chief end of Man"?

2. In the beginning of the screenplay, baboons have gathered in what place?

3. What is the first thing to appear in the "Ape and Essence" screenplay?

4. Which gravedigger apologizes to Dr. Poole by claiming that burying Dr. Poole was done only for fun?

5. How does Loola feel about the beating of the young woman at the hands of the primitives' religious leader?

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