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 emotion best describes Dr. Poole's state of mind after the mating rituals?

2. When evil destroys itself, what notion returns back to humanity?

3. What does the Arch Vicar believe about Belial's relationship to the atomic bomb?

4. Where do Dr. Poole and Loola first have sex?

5. How does the Arch Vicar aid Dr. Poole in seeing the mating rituals better?

Short Essay Questions

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

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

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

4. How does the Arch Vicar find out about Dr. Poole's escape? How does he react?

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

6. Describe the initial entrance of the Arch Vicar.

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

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Sex versus romance creates tension in Ape and Essence. Explain how this tension is developed through the following situations:

a) The relationship between Dr. Poole and Loola.

b) The relationship between Dr. Poole and Miss Ethel Hook.

c) The Chief's sexual behavior versus the Arch Vicar's sexual behavior

d) The seasonal mating ritual of the primitives

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

Similar to Huxley's own Brave New World, Ape and Essence is concerned with the danger of totalitarian states. Explain how Huxley makes this fear manifest and how world events in Huxley's life encouraged Huxley to pursue cautionary tales about totalitarianism.

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