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This test consists of 5 multiple choice questions, 5 short answer questions, and 10 short essay questions.

Multiple Choice Questions

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

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

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

4. Where did William Tallis prefer to be buried?
(a) In his homeland of Germany.
(b) In the desert.
(c) In the Hollywood Cemetery.
(d) At sea.

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

Short Answer Questions

1. Who kidnaps Dr. Poole?

2. Where is Cottonwood Ranch located?

3. Which is NOT part of the ceremony held to safeguard against having deformed babies?

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

5. What does Dr. Poole tell Chief about why New Zealand was spared in the World War?

Short Essay Questions

1. Why are the gravediggers robbing graves?

2. What is the New Zealand Rediscovery Expedition, and what is its mission?

3. What is Bob Briggs appraisal of Gandhi?

4. How do Bob Briggs and the narrator initially become interested in "Ape and Essence"?

5. What are the Purification Ceremonies?

6. What is the narrator's point about love and fear when describing the crew of the Canterbury?

7. Describe the Chief's conception of "Democracy."

8. What are the specifics of Bob Briggs' personal troubles at the outset of the novel?

9. Set the scene for the opening of the novel. What is happening? When?

10. What background information is the narrator able to learn about William Tallis?

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