Ape and Essence Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. How long does Dr. Poole feel proper food production will take in the primitive community?

2. Where do the Hots live?

3. Where are the Arch Vicar's books kept?

4. To what university is Dr. Poole assigned?

5. With respect to the strange behavior of the primitives, Dr. Poole experiences a change from which state to which state?

Short Essay Questions

1. What is the Arch Vicar's explanation for why his people worship Belial, all the while acknowledging the being's evilness.

2. 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?

3. Why does Loola feel that Dr. Poole is different from other men she has known?

4. Describe Dr. Poole's emotional state of mind after being ravished by the two mulatto girls.

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

6. How is Loola finally swayed to run away with Dr. Poole?

7. What happens to young boys who show early signs of sexual aggression in the primitive community?

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

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

10. What restrictions are placed on mating in the primitive community? What happens to those who dare to disobey?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain how the back story and plot points of the script "Ape and Essence" reveal the author's own fears about the threat of nuclear war and annihilation.

Essay Topic 2

Explain some of the Arch Vicar's views? These would include:

a) theory of world history

b) theory of divinity and Belial

c) theory of demon possession

d) why his church is a positive influence

Essay Topic 3

Explain why Huxley may have chosen to start Ape and Essence on the date of Gandhi's assassination. Explain Gandhi's historical significance. What kind of insight might an understanding of Gandhi's teaching have on some of the themes and messages of the book?

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