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

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

3. What is the Arch Vicar's opinion of the Industrial Revolution?

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

5. What does the Arch Vicar blame for famine and war?

Short Essay Questions

1. 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?

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

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

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

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

6. What effect has the Industrial Revolution had on humanity according to the Arch Vicar?

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

8. What difference does the narrator make between conscience and customs?

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

10. What is the Arch Vicar's stance on the reality of demonic possession?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

What role does surrealism play in Ape and Essence? Identify and explain three surrealistic elements. What effect does the use of surrealism have on the comprehension of the reader?

Essay Topic 2

What role does Polly play in Ape and Essence? Why is she important for the reader to better understand or empathize with the situations in the novel?

Essay Topic 3

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?

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