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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 explain the men's propensity to hit women?
(a) Women need to be toughened up to survive in the wilderness.
(b) Women are possessed by Belial.
(c) Women deserve beatings for their inherent wickedness.
(d) Men are possessed by Belial.

2. 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 not have liked one another.
(c) They would have been indifferent to one another.
(d) Their political differences would have proved too much for even a casual acquaintance.

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

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

5. In the human condition, what does fear NOT cast out, according to the narrator?
(a) Intelligence.
(b) Desperation.
(c) Goodness.
(d) Beauty.

6. Who was NOT among the team of scientists from New Zealand?
(a) Professor Grampian.
(b) Dr. Canterbury.
(c) Miss Ethel Hook.
(d) Dr. Cudworth.

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

8. Who is living on Tallis' Cottonwood Ranch when it is visited by the filmmaker(s)?
(a) The Lublin family.
(b) The Briggs family.
(c) The Coulton family.
(d) The Tallis family.

9. Why is Chief concerned that no women produced healthy babies this season?
(a) This shows that Belial is displeased with them.
(b) This represents a dearth of much-needed manpower.
(c) The radioactivity has likely reached lethal levels.
(d) They will have no babies to sacrifice to the Devil.

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

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

12. Why was a gravedigger subjected to a punishment of twenty-five lashes?
(a) He tried to run away.
(b) He stepped on a grave.
(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.

13. What is the name of Bob Briggs' wife?
(a) Miriam.
(b) Katie.
(c) Miss Ethel Hook.
(d) Elaine.

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

15. How are the books incinerated in the Chief's book-burning ceremony?
(a) In a baker's oven.
(b) In the fireplace of an abandoned mansion.
(c) In a large bonfire.
(d) The books are placed at regular intervals on the street and then lit individually.

Short Answer Questions

1. Where does the granddaughter of William Tallis live?

2. Who kidnaps Dr. Poole?

3. What part of "Ape and Essence" makes Bob decide to read the entire script?

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

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

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