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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 the Arch Vicar's perspective on sexual intercourse?
2. Where are the babies sacrificed to appease the Devil?
3. When evil destroys itself, what notion returns back to humanity?
4. The Hots community has what relationship to the government of the primitives?
5. Which desert do Dr. Poole and Loola cross to escape the primitive community?
Short Essay Questions
1. Describe the moment in which Dr. Poole and Loola discover romantic feelings for one another, rather than lust.
2. What effect has the Industrial Revolution had on humanity according to the Arch Vicar?
3. List the allusions/references found in this section of the text.
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. What is Dr. Poole's reasoning for why Belial can never win in his battle against mankind?
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 became of the Canterbury and its crew, ultimately?
10. What is peculiar about the babies being prepared for the Purification Ceremonies?
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
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
Allusions are a frequent presence in Ape and Essence. Choose four literary allusions and explain their significance and meaning.
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