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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 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.

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

3. Bob fears Elaine is cheating on him with which man?
(a) William Tallis.
(b) Lou Lublin.
(c) The narrator.
(d) A Moldavian baron.

4. What promise does Bob make to Rosie?
(a) Bob agrees to never visit Cottonwood Ranch again.
(b) Bob agrees to read her feature screenplay.
(c) Bob agrees to schedule a screen test for her.
(d) Bob agrees to introduce her to a powerful music executive.

5. Why does Dr. Poole claim he cannot fix the Chief's train?
(a) Dr. Poole would only fix the train if the Chief released Loola.
(b) Dr. Poole pretends he does not know how to fix the train to provide leverage for future negotiations.
(c) Dr. Poole does not wish to help the Chief, whom he considers evil.
(d) Dr. Poole does not possess the necessary engineering background.

Short Answer Questions

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

2. What became of William Tallis' immediate family?

3. The novel begins on what important day?

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

5. For how long have the primitives been raiding gravesites?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

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

5. How is Dr. Poole able to argue his way out of being buried alive?

6. What point does the script narrator make about baboons and knowledge?

7. Describe the scene in which baboons are gathered at a palace.

8. Why was Gandhi killed according to the narrator?

9. Describe the first moment of commonality shared by Dr. Poole and Loola following the rite practiced by the Satanic Science Practitioner.

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

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