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. Whose tombstone do Dr. Poole and Loola discover in the desert?

2. In his conversation with Dr. Poole, the Arch Vicar shows himself to be an expert in which field?

3. The Arch Vicar's church structure is named after which saint?

4. What job is assigned to Loola after her job review?

5. What is Loola threatened with when she objects to her assigned job?

Short Essay Questions

1. Describe the scene, including the chanting, taking place in the Los Angeles Coliseum at the height of the Purification Ceremonies.

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

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

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

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

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

7. Describe the initial entrance of the Arch Vicar.

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

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

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

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

Ape and Essence is structure with a narrative frame. Explain the nature of this narrative frame and what effect the "story-within-a-story" has on reader comprehension and interpretation of the events.

Essay Topic 2

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 3

Explain how the back story and plot points of the script "Ape and Essence" reveal the author's own fears about the threat of nuclear war and annihilation.

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