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. What is NOT given to Dr. Poole when he is assigned a job?

2. Who assigns jobs in the primitive community?

3. In the Arch Vicar's religion, how is procreation regulated?

4. What does the Arch Vicar tell Dr. Poole about his scientist friends?

5. Which, according to the script's narrator, is not one of the "fruits of the ape-mind"?

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

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

4. Describe the circumstances of Dr. Poole's rape.

5. Describe the final scene of the film involving William Tallis' gravestone.

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

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

8. How does the poetry of Percy Shelley contribute to the development of romance between Dr. Poole and Loola?

9. What is Dr. Poole's reasoning for why Belial can never win in his battle against mankind?

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Explain the fictionalized world history put forth by Ape and Essence. How was the majority of mankind destroyed? Why was New Zealand spared? How does fear of war relate to the time period Huxley was writing in?

Essay Topic 2

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.

Essay Topic 3

How is organized religion depicted in Ape and Essence? Do you believe Huxley intends the Arch Vicar's religion to provide a characterization of all of organized religion? How might the Belial religion compare to modern Christian religion? Is organized religion another of society's ills in Huxley's view?

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