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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 Flossie think about Loola's relationship with Dr. Poole?
2. What is Loola's initial perspective on her night of sex with Dr. Poole?
3. How many books has the Arch Vicar managed to save from destruction?
4. Loola notes that Dr. Poole is different from the primitive men in what way?
5. Who is at the very top of the religious hierarchy in the primitive community?
Short Essay Questions
1. What discussion do the Chief, Arch Vicar, and Dr. Poole have concerning food production?
2. Describe the moment in which Dr. Poole and Loola discover romantic feelings for one another, rather than lust.
3. How is Loola finally swayed to run away with Dr. Poole?
4. What difference does the narrator make between conscience and customs?
5. What is Dr. Poole's reasoning for why Belial can never win in his battle against mankind?
6. How does the Arch Vicar find out about Dr. Poole's escape? How does he react?
7. What became of the Canterbury and its crew, ultimately?
8. Describe the initial entrance of the Arch Vicar.
9. What happens to young boys who show early signs of sexual aggression in the primitive community?
10. What is the Arch Vicar's theory of history? What does this have to do with the "Order of Things"?
Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:
Essay Topic 1
Ape and Essence presents a dystopic view of the future. What is a dystopia? What are the features of such a place? What specific aspects of Ape and Essence are dystopic? Why might an author depict such a dystopia?
Essay Topic 2
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 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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