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

Multiple Choice Questions

1. Who is the author of the movie script at the heart of the novel's story?
(a) William Tallis
(b) Lou Lublin.
(c) Dr. Alfred Poole.
(d) Bob Briggs.

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

3. On which deity do the primitives blame their problems?
(a) Beelzebub.
(b) Peter.
(c) Belial.
(d) Satan.

4. According to a chorus of youths, what is "the chief end of Man"?
(a) To propitiate Belial.
(b) To die in an inferno of glory.
(c) To protect and shelter women.
(d) To eat, drink, and be merry.

5. Why was Dr. Poole buried up to his waist by the gravediggers?
(a) He punched a gravedigger trying to escape.
(b) He refused to fix the Chief's train.
(c) He used a swear word in front of the Chief.
(d) He came on a boat, which the gravediggers consider evil.

6. What became of William Tallis' second wife?
(a) She died from cancer.
(b) She committed suicide after Mr. Tallis died.
(c) She ran off with another man.
(d) She was persecuted for being Jewish and was killed.

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

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

9. 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.

10. According to the narrator, truth without charity is not God but ___________.
(a) The Goddess.
(b) An idol.
(c) The Devil.
(d) Man.

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

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

13. What is the subject of the song the female baboon sings?
(a) Love.
(b) Food.
(c) Art.
(d) War.

14. 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) The Chief is indifferent to Dr. Poole's admission.
(d) Chief feels boats are magic.

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

Short Answer Questions

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

2. Which book does Dr. Poole save from the book burning ordered by the Chief?

3. How do the primitives explain the men's propensity to hit women?

4. What is the occupation of Bob Briggs?

5. William Tallis is from ____________.

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