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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. On which street corner does Chief order books to be incinerated?
(a) 11th Street and Washington Boulevard.
(b) Mausoleum Way and Hollywood Cemetery Square.
(c) 5th Street and Pershing Square.
(d) Belial Avenue and Azrael Drive.

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

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

4. Which of the following is true about the scientists' rediscovery of the world?
(a) They use sonar technology to find land.
(b) Oil derricks can still be seen in the water outside of shore.
(c) The world is still highly radioactive, and the scientists must wear suits.
(d) They crash-land because of a dense fog.

5. What does Dr. Schneeglock blame for Dr. Poole's lack of a fulfillment of his promise?
(a) Dr. Poole is promiscuous and cannot stay with one woman.
(b) Dr. Poole's mother died when he was only a baby.
(c) Dr. Poole is a gambler with significant debts.
(d) Dr. Poole still lives with his mother.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which great fear does Loola confide to Dr. Poole when they first meet?

2. Who leads the team of gravediggers at the Southern California mausoleum?

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

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

5. What does Mrs. Coulton believe about how the narrator and William Tallis might have gotten along?

Short Essay Questions

1. How is Dr. Poole described? What does Dr. Schneeglock think of him?

2. What is Bob Briggs appraisal of Gandhi?

3. What does Bob Briggs ask Lou Lublin for, and why? How does this relate to a religious painting?

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

5. Why was Gandhi killed according to the narrator?

6. List the allusions/references found in this section of the text.

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

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

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

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

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