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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. How many laborers are assigned to Dr. Poole in his job?
(a) Four.
(b) Twelve.
(c) Two hundred.
(d) None.

2. What does the Arch Vicar blame for famine and war?
(a) Greed.
(b) Drug use.
(c) Overpopulation.
(d) A failure to understand history.

3. Where are the Arch Vicar's books kept?
(a) The Baker's Store.
(b) The High Altar.
(c) The Seminary.
(d) The Unholy of Unholies.

4. What is Loola's initial perspective on her night of sex with Dr. Poole?
(a) She loves him desperately.
(b) Given her cultural background, she is entirely indifferent.
(c) He was more fun than her other partners.
(d) He was a terrible lover.

5. How long has it taken for the primitive community to establish their pattern of mating rituals?
(a) Two hundred years.
(b) Two generations.
(c) One year.
(d) Forty days and nights.

Short Answer Questions

1. What is the Arch Vicar's opinion of demon possession?

2. What is the name for those who do not obey the strict mating rituals of the Arch Vicar's religion?

3. Which church member whips the mothers after the babies are sacrificed?

4. What is the result of Dr. Poole and Loola's discussion in a car garage toward the end of the novel?

5. How does the Arch Vicar respond when Dr. Poole expresses horror at the sight of blood at the sacrifice of the babies?

Short Essay Questions

1. Does the Arch Vicar wish for Dr. Poole to join the church? Why or why not?

2. Provide the following characters' views on sex: the Arch Vicar, the Chief, and Dr. Poole.

3. What is the Arch Vicar's theory of history? What does this have to do with the "Order of Things"?

4. What is peculiar about the babies being prepared for the Purification Ceremonies?

5. Describe the scene, including the chanting, taking place in the Los Angeles Coliseum at the height of the Purification Ceremonies.

6. What commentary does the script narrator offer about joy (as described in a poem by Shelley) and the possibility of joy in the ape-mind?

7. According to the Arch Vicar, did Belial need the atomic bomb to assure the destruction of mankind?

8. Describe the moment in which Dr. Poole and Loola discover romantic feelings for one another, rather than lust.

9. What became of the Canterbury and its crew, ultimately?

10. How does the Arch Vicar defend his religion's practices with respect to Dr. Poole's own religion?

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