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. On what structure are the babies sacrificed?

2. In which garage does Dr. Poole meet with Loola in a car to have a discussion about the nature of evil?

3. According to the Arch Vicar, how long has mankind pitted itself against Nature?

4. According to the Arch Vicar, what makes men into cowards, saints, and humans?

5. Who stands guard over Dr. Poole during the mating rituals to ensure he does not escape?

Short Essay Questions

1. What scientific reason does the script narrator give for the restrictive mating season of the primitives?

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. Describe the events in which Dr. Poole and Loola are assigned new jobs in the primitive community.

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

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

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

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

8. What discussion do the Chief, Arch Vicar, and Dr. Poole have concerning food production?

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

10. Describe what occurs immediately preceding Dr. Poole's faint at the Purification Ceremonies.

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

The poetry of Percy Shelley is a crucial element in the novel. Examine the passages of Shelley's poetry engraved on William Tallis' gravestone. What does this poetry mean? Why was it chosen for the tombstone? What overall message should the reader take away from this poetry?

Essay Topic 2

Much discussion is centered around the discovery of the truth and the nature of knowledge. What kind of theory of truth/knowledge does the novel put forth? How do the Arch Vicar and Dr. Poole differ about the nature of truth and knowledge? What is the consequence for an absence of truth?

Essay Topic 3

What is the role of Science in Ape and Essence? How does science drive the plot? Character motivations? How does Huxley regard the pursuit of Science? Is science a danger as well as a potential boon? Explain.

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