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

2. What is Rosie's career aspiration?
(a) Painter.
(b) Writer.
(c) Producer.
(d) Singer and actress.

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

4. What is Loola's nickname for Dr. Poole?
(a) Pooh Bear.
(b) Alfie.
(c) Poolie.
(d) Doc.

5. Which gravedigger apologizes to Dr. Poole by claiming that burying Dr. Poole was done only for fun?
(a) Shelley.
(b) Flossie.
(c) Loola.
(d) Chief.

Short Answer Questions

1. What kind of primate represents the "least among man," according to the narrator?

2. How does Loola feel about the beating of the young woman at the hands of the primitives' religious leader?

3. Why did William Tallis write "Ape and Essence"?

4. Why was New Zealand spared from the destruction that ravaged the rest of the planet?

5. Who kidnaps Dr. Poole?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. What is the importance of where Tallis preferred to be buried?

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

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

7. Why is the Chief concerned about the present mating season?

8. Why does the Chief order his gravediggers to bury Dr. Poole?

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 New Zealand Rediscovery Expedition, and what is its mission?

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